The Scariest Stories: Witch Hunts

This free lecture open to the public, will be presented by The Rev. Brian Pavlac, Ph.D., at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Pro-Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem, 35 South Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on Friday, October 30, at 7 p.m.

The illustrated talk will discuss when and why Christian authorities began to believe in and fear witches, and how they persecuted people accused as witches.

This is a horror story that is based not on Halloween fantasy but on historical fact. Since our past reality involves violent and sexual issues, this talk is not suitable for children.

The lecture will be followed by a brief penitential service.

Fr. Pavlac is a professor of history at King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, and is the author of the book, Witch Hunts in the Western World: Persecution and Punishment from the Inquisition through the Salem Trials, published by ABC-Clio and the University of Nebraska Press. For more information, call St. Stephen’s Church at 570-825-6653.


Ten Theories about the Causes of the Witch Hunts:
ideas by historians about the origins of the Witch Hunts
Ten Common Errors and Myths about the Witch Hunts:
corrections to mistaken ideas people frequently have about the Witch Hunts
Timeline of the Hunts to 1800:
chronology of key events, sources and people involved in the witch hunts
Primary Source: Letters from the Witch Trial of Rebecca Lemp:
a family deals with accusations.
a review of torture in the witch hunts and today.
Suffer your own persecution!
Try a witch hunt simulation
make choices to survive or not.
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