Enlightenment vs. Superstition — the Legacy of Balthasar Bekker

The seventeenth century was both a beginning and an end — the beginning of the Age of Enlightenment and the end of the age of persecution of people for witchcraft. At the start of the century, the fear of witches political opportunism of certain leaders allowed for the persecution of people for witchcraft all over Europe. Even King James VI of Scotland (James I of England) took a…