Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Swedish Discipline of 1632 Forbids Idolatry and Witchcraft

1. Seeing therefore that all our welfare and prosperity, proceedeth from Almighty God; and that it is all mens duty to feare and serve him above all: Wee streightly hereby charge all manner of Persons whatsoever, that they by no meanes use any kind of Idolatry, Witch-craft, or Enchanting of Armes, by Devils inchantment any manner of way whatsoever. And if any herein be found faulty he shall be proceeded against according to God's law and the Swedens: And so much as the law in that case enjoyneth, shalbe put in execution against them. And it is further provided, that such manner of Malefactors shall by no meanes be suffered to come in Company with any soldiers whatsoever. 

-- The Swedish Discipline of 1632 (articles of war authorized by Gustavus Adolphus)

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