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A Conclusion Bodies of Salvation

in In the Company of Demons

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780226501307
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226501291 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226501291.003.0006
A Conclusion Bodies of Salvation

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The various treatises examining the book paradoxically show that the spirits have not disappeared. Giovan Francesco Pico's Strix, Strozzi Cigogna's Theater, Pompeo della Barba's love treatise, and Ludovico Maria Sinistrari's Demoniality reiterate that the spirits are still relevant to humans, even after the Word's incarnation, death, and resurrection. As the Franciscan Sinistrari holds, the incubi are among the humans and they hide because they fear humans. The spirits hold the key to the salvation, and they are still the messengers of luminous revelations. They have become outcasts and unwelcome beings and are now against nature. They hide because the Athenian philosophers are unable to see them, even though in them lies the redemption.

Keywords: Giovan Francesco Pico; Strozzi Cigogna; Pompeo della Barba; Ludovico Maria Sinistrari; incubi; spirits; salvation

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Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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