The peril of a Christian sorcerer

In this talk, Richard Eves presents research by Johanna Whitely from the London School of Economics research on The Church of Melanesia and sorcery accusations in the Solomon Islands.

Whitely’s research documents the longstanding battle waged within the Church against the practice of sorcery. Attention to these darker corners of the Anglican Church’s history on Santa Isabel in the Solomon Islands reveals that spiritual warfare against sorcery was both the preoccupation of powerful Christian agents (English missionaries and Indigenous Anglican priests), and subject to repeated revival among the lay population.

This podcast is from the landmark Sorcery and witchcraft-related killings conference hosted by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific’s State, Society and Governance and Melanesia program and Regulatory Institutions Network on 5-7 June 2013.  



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