In the Name of Christ: A Short Travel into Christianity’s Bloody Past

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In my previous post, I briefly detailed the murder of Hypatia and the Christian crusades of the Middle East, all done for what appears now to be nothing but senseless reasoning. And that wasn’t the end of the terror found at the bloody end of the Catholic sword of death.

By J D Brucker|Atheist Republic

The Spanish Inquisition (1478 CE – 1836 CE)

Today, Christianity paints a portrait of itself with vibrant colors, powerful in strength and adoration. But during the late 15th century, this portrait was painted in the blood of the non-Catholic residents of Spain. The Catholic Church organized these trails as a way to spread the Christian faith more effectively by removing, punishing, or executing those of different faiths. Pope Sixtus order Spain to follow a strict code of conduct regarding the inquisition, but King Ferdinand rather took it upon himself to do so as he saw fit; hasty trails with grotesque methods of punishment.

Those awaiting trial would find themselves subjected to horrendous torture. Many of the applications administered include hanging the victim by the wrists from chains, early forms of waterboarding, and stretching the individual on what is commonly referred to as the rack. As one would expect, many died before reaching trail.

Those who found themselves guilty on charges brought by the court would ultimately face one of two different outcomes. Often, capital punishment was an alternative to a life sentence; burning at the stake was the favorable means of death. In order to bypass a miserable end, many would confess and convert to Christianity, but with that they would face other types of punishment, including social ridicule and rejection – often their families would fall victim as well.

The Spanish Inquisition ended in 1836. After they concluded, over 80,000 charges were brought to an unknown number of alleged perpetrators. Of those perpetrators, a little over 1300 were found guilty and faced death. Indeed it was a sad end to an unnecessary injunction. Rest assured, the Catholic Church became aware of their inappropriate treatment of non-Catholics. In 1994, Pope John Paull II said:

“Hence it is appropriate that as the second millennium of Christianity draws to a close the Church should become ever more fully conscious of the sinfulness of her children, recalling all those times in history when they departed from the spirit of Christ and His Gospel and, instead of offering to the world the witness of a life inspired by the values of her faith, indulged in ways of thinking and acting which were truly forms of counter-witness and scandal. Although she is holy because of her incorporation into Christ, the Church does not tire of doing penance. Before God and man, she always acknowledges as her own her sinful sons and daughters.“Pope John Paul II

Not only did they acknowledge the wrongdoings of the faithful during the inquisitions, the Catholic Church also recognized their failings regarding the conquests of Mesoamerica.

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