A lot of people are superstitious (Even some Catholics)
“In Superstition, Father Thurston [carries] on his relentless war against frauds and pseudo-mystics.” -- The Tablet
It’s common for educated Catholics to dismiss superstition as silliness or ignorance. Fair enough. But the famed British Jesuit, Herbert Thurston, took superstition seriously. It affects more souls than we think, he said. And it is spiritually dangerous, because it encourages irrational behavior and can lead even Christians to impiety.
Fr. Thurston traces the Church’s long battle to eradicate the superstitions of the classical world, of the barbarian tribes and of Catholics, ancient and more contemporary.
While superstition endured throughout the Middle Ages, he argues that it enjoyed a kind of renaissance after the Reformation. Once they were stripped of the true faith, people in Protestant lands succumbed to a host of superstitions ranging from astrology to witchcraft to voodoo dolls. Even people who should have known better succumbed to superstition: the appearance of a comet sent Queen Elizabeth I into a three-day panic.
Father Thurston explains how to distinguish between authentic religion and pious practices, and superstitions which draw people away from real faith.
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