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The Vampire
How does Calmet’s analysis of the vampire reports reflect his theological commitments?
Introduction
In the late 17
th
century, reports of vampire attacks started to surface out of Eastern
Europe. These stories turned out to be the focus of academic debate that centered on whether the
happenings explained in the reports could perhaps be true, and if so, how they should be
explained. The reports brought about a dilemma. Even though the events described were
improbable, the reports were often supported by reliable sources. Calmet carefully understood
and examined the vampire reports through established natural philosophical frameworks for the
study of strange phenomena. This essay explores his 18
th
century interventions in the debate
about vampires, and considers his reaction towards such tension. Therefore, Calmet viewpoint
about vampires reports reflect his theological commitments.

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Pope Benedict XIV asked Calmet to investigate the plaque of vampirism that swept
across Eastern Europe. Similar to Archbishop Davanzati, Calmet's examination of vampires was
inspired by the narratives of its reports from Eastern Europe and Germany. Vampirism, for some
reasons, did not thrive in France and was chiefly strange to the academic society till the early
18
th
century (Barber, 1988). He was frightened by the stories and justification statements of
events of vampires that came out of east Europe and understood that it was difficult to handle
and discharge them. Calmet was a theologian; therefore, he understood that the actions and
existence of those creatures could have a major impact on different theological end about
afterlife. Therefore, he considered it important to know the truth of such information and
comprehend the issue using the world view of the church. He completed his work shortly after
the Sorbonne forcefully predestined the information and the violation of the human bodies.
By definition, Calmet explained a vampire as an individual who died and was buried and
then came back to cause trouble the existing beings by sipping their blood and killing them
(Barber, 1988). The only solution for vampires was digging their bodies, cutting their head and
burning them. Using his description, Calmet gathered several information of vampirism from
newspapers, official reports, travelogues, eyewitness information, as well as important pieces
from his fellow colleagues. He then gave his evidence of the vampire reports. He refuted the
panic that followed after a number of the various cases of vampires and supported the Sorbonne's
criticism of vampirism.
Calmet looked at some possible natural causes that might lead people to believe in
vampires and echoes the official position of the church that it was wrong to disturb graves and
violate the bodies of the dead. The hysteria of vampires that led people to do such things was a
mistake. He considered every explanation given to clarify the issue, from the impacts of local

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Surname 1 Student’s Name Course Instructor Course Name Date of Submission Word count 1103 The Vampire How does Calmet’s analysis of the vampire reports reflect his theological commitments? Introduction In the late 17th century, reports of vampire attacks started to surface out of Eastern Europe. These stories turned out to be the focus of academic debate that centered on whether the happenings explained in the reports could perhaps be true, and if so, how they should be explained. The reports brought about a dilemma. Even though the events described were improbable, the reports were often supported by reliable sources. Calmet carefully understood and examined the vampire reports through established natural philosophical frameworks for the study of strange phenomena. This essay explores his 18th century interventions in the debate about vampires, and considers his reaction towards such tension. Therefore, Calmet viewpoint about vampires reports reflect his theological commitments. Surname 2 Pope Benedict XIV asked Calmet to investigate the plaque of vampirism that swept across Eastern Europe. Similar to Archbishop Davanzati, Calmet's examination of vampires was inspired by the narratives of its reports from Eastern Europe and Germany. Vampirism, for some reasons, did not thrive in France and was chiefly strange to the academic society till the early 18th century (Barber, 1988). He was frightened by the stories and justification statements of events of vampires tha ...
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