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Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft
In his introduction to this collection of articles based on papers delivered at a conference in Passau in 2004, Thomas Wünsch asserts that magic was an "integral aspect" of religion in premodern Europe (p. 2). The overriding goal of this collection is to demonstrate that, for most of European history, magic and religion were not sharply divided and competing realms. With the caveat that religious authorities throughout medieval and early modern Europe did, in fact, regard practices they labeled as magical or superstitious as being profoundly irreligious or antireligious, the essential interrelatedness of "magical" and "religious" practices will come as no surprise to most readers of this journal.
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Bailey, Michael D., "Religion und Magie in Ostmitteleuropa: Spielräume theologischer Normierungsprozesse in Spätmittelalter und Früher Neuzeit (review)" (2008). History Publications. 46.