Ancient Theoiogues and Poecs, pretend" ing to Divine [nfpiration^ the authors and abettors of Jdo-^ latry, Herefies arnong Chrirtians through pretended infpiratians.- Mahomeat'me. The dtvifion of Snthufiafme ac^ cording to Plato and Plutarch, Plutarch's Definition: %vbav whether ^^J ftich fr&m l^dtural Causes, Bpit firfi of all^ whether any fuch among Heathens anciently ^ truly and really . \ And he doth endeavour to give fome reafon from the aature of the Soul, &c. Befides what feathbeen obferycd oiit of ancient Fathers, as 5, Jerome and 30 A Treapifi Chap. / do not write here what / have heard ' froj^ others^ but my felf have dijputedwith her morethe^ mce. Hp VKeyer, though we do not adfcribe fuch wonderfull (^fefts to Jiature;yet it is fomewhat,that bcft Phyficians ac- knowledge Chap.7 he grounds of the contrary oj) mien difcevered andrefuted, Pythones, or Pythonici^ in the Scriptures and ancient Hiftories^ Pomponatius and Tbo. Fir/l of all, a concurrence of natural can- fes mfome c^^fes generally granted* Some Enthtifiafts not enely foretell things fmnret hm alfo Jpeak^firange Lan' guage Si throtigb mere natural diflemper, according to the opimon of fame phyfaans* Bu\ the contrary more prohab Uy and why* That ^ome things of like nature ^ (^injomere- fpe BS:^) as Enrhu/tafiick^'-Oivmation, and not leffsto be jvonderedatsate certainly J^own to proceed from caufes that are natural ^ though unknown unto men : ar.d fome things alfo^ though from can fes that are known, mt lejfe wonder^ full in their natttre, Jnsiances in both k^Tuds^ The power offmellirig in ^ogs» ^n Example out of an ji^thor of good credit i of a man^ vpho being bltisd^was a guide unto many that had eyes^ by his fmell only^ through vafh De- ferts» 1 he power and nature of the Memory in man, how tt:c Gmprehsnfible, and how much admired by both T)ivines i and Philofaphers. 2* of Enthufiafmel 31 knowledge fuch 4 preparation and difpoficion of the body, through diftemper of humors, w Uich giveth great advan- tage to the Devil to work upon ; which di Hemper being cured by phyfical drugs and potions, the Devil is drivea away, and hath no more power over the fame bodies#Nei- therdol think Divination, infomekindatleaft, (as by and by fhallbe (hewed ) fo fupernatural an operation, as the fpeaking of Languages, ( without any teaching, ) and u(e of Sciences is.
tiled as ordinarily by Heathen as by Chriftian Authors, )) or to foretell, they have been generally deemed and termed!
Men therefore, as many as have takcrii upon them (el ve Sjor have been believed to prophefy(a word!
^ Th^ confeq Hence of this kr/ow ledge or J).[qmjition. will produce a place o^Fltit Arch cothis iurpofe : not only becaule it eonteineth much in few wo Bds; But alfo becaufe in all editions of P/»^^rfl of later ycaresj ycares ; it is corruptly exhibited, and marvel oufly both by the French dindt-atin interpreters miftakcn, who hard- ly make lenfe of thofe which chey have, and leave out patc o^ Plutarch's '^oxds znd knk, p Uto(Jxiih p| , », j Flmarch ) andthe Stoicks hrmg in (or af- p Uc Llhil J. and others ; Lmlan hatli a i ^O fj^ vas himfclf relateth^^hat it was but mere Couzenage and Impoflure, he madeno fcruple to make o- pen recantation, and wrote againftit very learnedly.
Politickjpre^ tenjions to Enchufialme, or D'^vme Infiltration^ very ufuat in all jig(s : But miflal^ny through tgnor Ance of natter at caafe Siiour only Subject and aime tn thts Treat ife) as more frequent, fo more danger ous- Enthufiajlick^times and tern- pers noted by ancient Authors » in thoje times the Eleuiinia^ Bacchanalias and other Myfieries hatched* The abomi" yiation ofthofe /yfyjferieso t hough pretending to great holi'^ nejje andfteiy. neg ID^mon M infiin Bf* imfuljiive , fed vi morhi , hum Q- rumfl Pie ferocia, &c. And that thefe extraordinary operations do rather proceed from the Devil, to me is a great argument, ( befides other rea*- Tons,) becaufe the very lelf-fame things ar^ known to hap- pen to divers that arc immediately poflefi without any bodily diftemperj other then the very poffeflfton, which tnuft needs a|fe6t the body more or lefle. Georr gtfii Ragufeim is the man: whole words in his fecond book Vi Divinatione, Epift. Dff Orac Hli Sy are ; Nom ego Venettu fau^erem ^uandum mplteremy^Q* that is, / havi knff T^n at Venice a certain poor mman, phkb was fofefl ' fometimes fjhe vpoh U be fitifidmdfytti(l) -, fame- times [he didffeak^ with divers tong He St anddifcourfe of things helongingtothe Mathematicks^ and Fhilofoph),jfea 1 4^4 to Dtvtmty .
This matter hew fub]e Vt to he mifldk^n, evenly men -judictous other- W^fe) through ignorance of natural caufej. Ihe power of thephanfie tn Ecfl^^esy and other difiemptrs of body ^ agaiyjft Reafon, and perfect ( but infome one &bje Ft ; Xjnderflandmg ; argued by reafon, and proved by many examples afid infiapces. The Rea- der ( if a Scholar, and acquainted with books5)may fatisfie himlelf if he pleafe, reading but lamblichtu De myfteriis ^gyft» where he defcribes ( in one of thofe chapters ) ve- ry particularly the manner of three Oracles, the Colopho^ MAHy Delphic^j and Branchidicum* lamblich Hs himfelf.
c A fure way to avoid the danger of Enthuftafttck.^ lllnfons, out of Ter- tullian, W^ to feek^ after TS[ew Lights y ^c» A caveat concerning the cafe of Witches '- their acltons real j not • imaginary* ^ Several qmfiions propofed , ,and ftilly difcujfed by reafins md atdthorities . 1 know, is much againft it, that anjf natural thing fhould te conceived as a partial or concurrent caufe.
• Now as rl'ii A'^nv is that which is replenulied with wind ; and to l^^f ov, with wifdome : fo, faith Plmarchy mult oy|«^/ge^3j in the Plut. fubjed where it is, import a [ full ] participa- tion and communion of Divine power.
Smhupafme ; In Greek ( fi^oi" whence we have the Englifli ) h^nffi Afffu?
, yet I am fare is not the fame, neither foe the number, nor definition of particulars, I will therefore take it as from pint arch, rather then from ^Uto , whom he quotes.
I fhall therefore fpare that labour, and con- tent my ielf with plmarchs divifion ; vvhich, although he mention P/4^(?
If any fludious of p Uto^ fhall deiire private fatis*- fa6^ion, I fliall hope that it oiay be given to their own good liking.