'It may well be asked: Why yet another book on Witchcraft? ... I shall content myself with giving the three principal reasons which persuaded me to write this book.
'In the first place, I am not satisfied that any books on Witchcraft ... have clearly denned Witchcraft or have made sufficiently clear the essential distinction between Witchcraft and Diabolism. '... In the second place ... I am concerned with the origins of the cult; more particularly with the geographical situation of the region from which this ancient faith spread over Europe. '... In the third place, I shall produce evidence ... to shew that, whilst Witchcraft was not, after ... 1948, as widespread or as powerful as vested ecclesiastical and political interests found it useful to make it out to be, the Old Religion ... was far more established, far more widespread, until at least the year AD 1400, than the activities of the Inquisition would imply. '... I shall point out that the modern highly-publicised "revival of Witchcraft" is a non-fact; that Witchcraft - or the Old Religion - cannot be revived until the beliefs associated with natural ... agriculture be revived. I shall further point out that, in "extirpating" the Old Religion ... the Dominicans, Kramer and Sprenger, ... succeeded, not only in destroying the ancient, simple Fertility Cult ... but also in reviving and strengthening that Diabolism which ... had been, for political reasons, identified with the Old Religion ... "
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