God's Jury

God's Jury

The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World

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"We think of the Inquisition as a holy war fought in the Middle Ages. But, as Cullen Murphy shows in this provocative new book, not only did its offices survive into the twentieth century, in the modern world its spirit is more influential than ever. Traveling from freshly opened Vatican archives to the detention camps of Guantánamo to the filing cabinets of the Third Reich, he traces the Inquisition and its legacy. God{u2019}s Jury encompasses the diverse stories of the Knights Templar, Torquemada, Galileo, and Graham Greene. Established by the Catholic Church in 1231, the Inquisition continued in one form or another for almost seven hundred years. Though associated with the persecution of heretics and Jews{u2014}and with burning at the stake{u2014}its targets were more numerous and its techniques more ambitious. The Inquisition pioneered surveillance and censorship and g2sscientificg3s interrogation. As time went on, its methods and mindset spread far beyond the Church to become tools of secular persecution. With vivid immediacy and authority, Murphy puts a human face on a familiar but little-known piece of our past, and argues that only by understanding the Inquisition can we hope to explain the making of the present."--Publisher description.
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.
ISBN: 9780618091560
Characteristics: 310 p. ;,24 cm.

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Jul 27, 2016

"Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on "I am not too sure.""
H.L. Mencken 1880-1956
http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/7805.H_L_Mencken

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