The Devil in Massachusetts
Marion L. Starkey
This book is one of the best bits of evidence I can think of, which shows how people rarely need religion to behave well; but equally, how they can use it to behave poorly. The fanatic persecution of "witches" in the Massachusettes colony is one of the most ominous in early European-American history: it turned family members against one another, and cast an awful suspicion upon one's neighbors and friends.
This historical book reads much like a novel; and presents an interesting interpretation of the Puritanical motivations behind the infamous Witch trials. Many innocent people suffered needlessly because of uncompromising faith; a faith that would go so far as to make reason a sin and logic evidence of witchery.
I think everyone should read this.
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