Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Let's face it - you can't Torquemada anything!

"Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!"

Last week I read The Grand Inquisitor's Manual. It was nothing short of fascinating. I didn't want to put it down; I had started it simply as a distraction, but finally I gave up any pretense of reading anything else and simply devoured this book. I was astonished by what I read.

The Grand Inquisitor's Manual starts in the 12th century and carries forward to present day, detailing the horrors that have been done in the name of God by the church. (In this case it was the Roman Catholic church that was the author of many horrors, but I'm not going to pretend that other denominations have not had their tragic moments as well) The Inquisition swept through France, Spain, Italy and most of Europe, spreading even to the New World. Mostly the Inquisition was based upon a desire to eliminate heresy, but the corruption of the church caused many 'heretics' to be convicted simply because those in power wanted to seize their lands. Dead 'heretics' were dug up and convicted simply so those in power could seize what others had inherited!

It was a truly shameful time, but this well-written and easy to read book does an excellent job in detailing how it began and the methods used throughout the Inquisition. It even details how many of those same methods carried over into the Holocaust and even into our war on terror.

Tuesday Links

The good world outside!

More than enough grace!

The Blob has returned

The distraction of cell phones and Congress' unwillingness to pursue it

Chaos thrives in your brain

Placebo effect

Work-Life balance?

The U.S. is veering left

Troubling news for the PC(USA)

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