The Devil Sucks Their Blood
Jonathan Ewards felt little but contempt for Native American religion. When trying to refute English Nonconformist John Taylor's notion of an innate human capacity for religious knowledge, he used American Indians as a trump card. What did Europeans find when they came to America and discovered a people who had had the benefit of thousands of years to develop this capacity for religious truth? Nothing but "the grossest ignorance, delusions, and most stupid paganism" (OS, 151).
Like many colonials, Ewards regarded Native American religion as peculiarly satanic.1 He accepted the prevailing assumption that the Indians were a remnant of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel that had lost all knowledge of true religion and somehow made their way eastward across Asia and then by ice floes or land bridge to North America -- led all the way by Satan for the purpose of removing them from the gospel.2 Once settled in America, they had become Satan's peculiar people, and their religion nothing more than devil worship.3 Despite considering themselves free, they were in reality "the devil's captives" even more than the rest of____________________