Here are some examples of some of what I learned from watching this documentary:
- The Inquisition was not simply some brief case of Christian extremism run amok. The Spanish Inquisition alone lasted over 300 years.
- The Inquisition was not some ancient mistake with little impact on the modern world. The Roman Inquisition was thriving into the mid-1800's, and the Christian program of systematically confining Jews to ghettos, depriving them of rights, and making them wear identifying symbols likely influenced Hitler.
- Having different beliefs from the official Christian orthodoxy was a criminal offense. The mantra of the Inquisition was "convert or die," and they meant it.
- The extreme cruelty of Christians during this period is difficult to comprehend. They kidnapped children, burned people at the stake, boiled them in oil, utilized virtually every imaginable form of torture, and desecrated graves. Far from being rare instances, 15% of those accused by the Christian Church of heresy between the 1500s and the 1800s were burned at the stake, usually in front of crowds of cheering Christians.
- The end of the Inquisition (1870) was directly linked to the Pope's loss of police power. That is, the Inquisition did not end until he lost the power to enforce his Christian extremism.
"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it."Tags: religion, Christian, Christianity, Inquisition, bible, intolerance, hatred, violence, cruelty
-- George Santayana