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The Phantom World
Or, the Philosophy of Spirits, Apparitions, Etc

Volume 1


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowledge

  • Date Published: March 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108044257

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  • The Benedictine monk and biblical scholar Antoine Augustin Calmet (1672–1757) published this work in 1746; it was translated into English in 1850 by Henry Christmas (1811–68). It examines a wide selection of supernatural tales and beliefs from across Europe. Taking the stance of a scientific enquirer, Calmet sought to understand the truth behind stories of good and bad angels, vampires, witchcraft, possession by demons, and the dead who come back to life. He compiled accounts of the supernatural from official reports, newspapers, eyewitness accounts and travel writing, and this two-volume anthology of his collected data analyses the material, noting problems and inconsistencies. Volume 1 investigates the appearance of good and bad angels, magic among the Greeks and Romans, sorcerers and witches, and possession by demons. Covering a vast repertory of legends, the work paints a vivid picture of the beliefs entertained in an ostensibly Christian era.

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    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108044257
    • length: 416 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The appearance of good angels proved by the books of the Old Testament
    2. The appearance of good angels proved by the books of the New Testament
    3. Under what form have good angels appeared?
    4. Opinions of the Jews, Christians, Mahometans, and oriental nations, concerning the apparitions of good angels
    5. Opinion of the Greeks and Romans on the apparitions of good genii
    6. The apparition of bad angels proved by the Holy Scriptures. Under what form they have appeared
    7. Of magic
    8. Objections to the reality of magic
    9. Reply to the objections
    10. Examination of the affair of Hocque, magician
    11. Magic of the Egyptians and Chaldeans
    12. Magic among the Greeks and Romans
    13. Examples which prove the reality of magic
    14. Effects of magic according to the poets
    15. Of the pagan oracles
    16. The certainty of the event predicted, not always a proof that the prediction comes from God
    17. Reasons which lead us to believe that the greater part of the ancient oracles were only impositions of the priests and priestesses, who feigned that they were inspired by God
    18. Of sorcerers and sorceresses, or witches
    19. Instances of sorcerers and witches being, as they said, transported to the Sabbath
    20. Story of Louis Gaufredi and Magdalen de la Palud, owned by themselves to be a sorcerer and sorceress
    21. Reasons which prove the possibility of sorcerers and witches being transported to the Sabbath
    22. Continuation of the same subject
    23. Obsession and possession of the Devil
    24. The truth and reality of possession and obsession by the Devil proved from Scripture
    25. Examples of real possessions caused by the Devil
    26. Continuation of the same subject
    27. Objections against the obsessions and possessions of the demon. Reply to the objections
    28. Continuation of objections against possessions, and some replies to those objections
    29. Of familiar spirits
    30. Some other examples of elves
    31. Spirits that keep watch over treasure
    32. Other instances of hidden treasures, which were guarded by good or bad spirits
    33. Spectres which appear, and predict things unknown and to come
    34. Other apparitions of spectres
    35. Examination of the apparition of a pretended spectre
    36. Of spectres which haunt houses
    37. Other instances of spectres which haunt certain houses
    38. Prodigious effects of imagination in those men or women who believe they hold intercourse with the demon
    39. Return and apparitions of souls after the death of the body, proved from Scripture
    40. Apparitions of spirits proved from history
    41. More instances of apparitions
    42. On the apparitions of spirits who imprint their hands on clothes or on wood
    43. Opinions of the Jews, Greeks, and Latins, concerning the dead who are left unburied
    44. Examination of what is required or revealed to the living by the dead who return to earth
    45. Apparitions of men still alive, to other living men, absent, and very distant from each other
    46. Arguments concerning apparitions
    47. Objections against apparitions, and replies to those objections
    48. Some other objections and replies
    49. The secrets of physics and chemistry taken for supernatural things
    50. Conclusion of the treatise on apparitions
    51. Way of explaining apparitions
    52. The difficulty of explaining the manner in which apparitions make their appearance, whatever system may be proposed on the subject.

  • Author

    Augustin Calmet


    Henry Christmas

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