This year’s Moderator, David Grimsted, continues his exploration of one of our denominational ancestors, the Puritans: their history and their ideas about God.
Witches and the Mathers
The Revs. Increase and Cotton Mather, father and son, were the influential late 17th clergy keeping witchcraft vital in New England and supporting the Salem Village executions of 1692. They led in the Puritans’ changing world, and believed witchery would help restore an intense piety that they felt drifting away. Son and grandson