Religiosity and the political economy of the Salem witch trials

  title={Religiosity and the political economy of the Salem witch trials},
  author={Ernest W. King and Franklin G. Mixon},
  journal={The Social Science Journal},
  pages={678 - 688}

"This Fire of Contention": Factional Conflict in Salem Village after 1692

The Salem witch trials have fascinated historians since the eighteenth century, but as Mary Beth Norton aptly states there is still “much of the complicated Salem story [that] remains untold.”

The economics of Puritanism’s treatment of bewitchment: exorcism as a potential market-pull innovation?

A long history of research on the witchcraft hysteria in Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1692 contends that a group of Puritan ministers, including Salem Village’s Samuel Parris, developed and used the

The Economics of Conversion and Salvation: An Examination of Puritanism’s Halfway Covenant

Abstract Why would Colonial America’s Puritan theologians introduce a product differentiation-related doctrinal change—the Halfway Covenant—that would lower the price of eternal salvation to many of

Prophets, Demons, and Witch Hunts: American Spiritual Warfare as Scapegoat Ideology

The New Apostolic Reformation – a right-wing Christian organization whose leaders are privy to revelations from God and keenly interested in partisan politics – is part of a long tradition of

Introduction to the Symposium on the Economics of Religion

  • F. Mixon
  • Economics, History
    Forum for Social Economics
  • 2019
Abstract This article introduces the six essays comprising this symposium on the economics of religion. The essay by Carvalho presents an economic model highlighting the “social role” of sacrifice in

The Organization of Terror and Murder

The chapter opens with the story of the 1960 capture of Adolf Eichmann by Israel’s intelligence service. Eichmann was, at that time, arguably the most notorious Nazi war criminal who still remained

The Monstrous Election: Horror Framing in Televised Campaign Advertisements during the 2016 Presidential Election

Abstract:American politics and horror have been linked since the birth of the United States. Within this genre, two frames of horror are common: the classic and the conflicted. The 2016 presidential

Salem Trials (1692) in History and in Miller’s The Crucible: Investigating truth claims in historical narratives and drama

  • Aamir Aziz
  • History
    Baltic Journal of English Language, Literature and Culture
  • 2022
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is, in the first instance, a literary reconstruction of a historical event: the Salem trials that took place in the village of Salem in Essex County, New England (today

The Organization of Terror and Murder

Salem Witch Trials



Witchcraft, magic, and religion in 17th-century Massachusetts

The Salem witchcraft persecutions are one of the most well-known events in history, but there is more to the story. In this book, Weisman explores the social, political, and religious implications of

The allocation of death in the Salem witch trials: a public choice perspective

World folklore and history are replete with examples that involve economics principles. The present note builds upon other published work by providing an empirical public choice analysis of the Salem

An Economic Analysis of the Protestant Reformation

This paper seeks to explain the initial successes and failures of Protestantism on economic grounds. It argues that the medieval Roman Catholic Church, through doctrinal manipulation, the exclusion

An Economic Model of the Medieval Church: Usury as a Form of Rent Seeking

One of the oldest institutions of Western Christendom is the medieval church.' This article treats the institutional Roman Catholic church of the Middle Ages as an economic organization and utilizes

Underlying themes in the witchcraft of seventeenth-century New England.

  • J. Demos
  • History
    The American historical review
  • 1970
Witchcraft was not an important matter from the standpoint of the larger historical process; it exerted only limited influence on the unfolding sequence of events in colonial New England.

Salem possessed. The social origins of witchcraft

A revolutionary study which surpasses all previous attempts to elucidate the curious and apparently inexplicable events at Salem Village, which resulted in the killing of nineteen persons, this book contributes to the history of witchcraft, to American social history, and to historiography itself.

Witchcraft, Weather and Economic Growth in Renaissance Europe

In the period between 1300 and 1800 as many as one million people were executed in Europe for the crime of witchcraft. Although a variety of theories about the witch-hunts have been put forward over

"Reformation is our only preservation": Cotton Mather and Salem witchcraft.

  • R. Werking
  • History
    The William and Mary quarterly
  • 1972
Cotton Mather's connection with the Salem witchcraft episode are hardly new and historians have expended considerable effort either attacking or defending his behavior in the Salem affair.

Deregulating religion: the economics of church and state

Traditional religious research fails to recognize religion as a market phenomenon. It especially overlooks supply-side factors that shape the incentives and opportunities of religious firms,

Witchcraft at Salem

Much has been written about the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692, and much misunderstood. "The more I studied the documents of what actually took In a prime candidates for witchcraftwhich was once