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Of Ghosts and Spirits The two main causes are that they imagine they see or hear proceedeth either melancholy madness weakness of the senses fear or of some other perturbation The other cause the writer explains is when they see or hear beasts vapors or some other natural things then they vainly suppose they have seen sights I wot not what Those suffering of melancholy are not believed at all because the sights or sounds they heard are ones that they have imagined They are also not believed because by being alone miraculous and strange things happen The line of argument to prove that ghosts are not the souls of the dead is when the writer says Touching those that go hence in a right belief their souls are by and by in possession of live everlasting and they that depart in unbelief do straightaway become partakers or eternal damnation The souls do not vanish away and die with the body as Epicurus opinion is neither yet be in every place as some do imagine The correct explanation for true ghost phenomena is If it be not a vain persuasion proceeding through weakness of the senses through fear or some such like cause or if it be not deceit of men or some natural thing In most cases these ghosts are
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