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One on’t cross beams gone owt askew on treadle

I’ve found various arguments in this thread concerning, inter alia, the Spanish Inquisition, rather fascinating, especially since my position stands somewhat in between the correspondents therein (incidentally, the poster in that thread called “Jane” was substantially influential in the actualisation of my reversion from atheism a few years back through my observing over the years in various fora her utter decency under intense ad-hominem pressure.)

Broadly speaking, while I suspect much English and French (from which a fair proportion of the former is derived) calumny concerning the Spanish Inquisition was exaggerated and paid inadequate attention to the general coarsening of European manners prevalent for most of its operation, talk of its “mercy” seems question-begging at best, and blithe of grave procedural concerns at worst.

Admittedly on a gut level at present, it also seems implausible and potentially disingenuous for certain ultramontane controversialists to assign the preponderance of blame for postulated abuses under the Spanish Inquisition’s ægis to agents of the Castilian, Aragonese and (from 1713-1834) Spanish Crowns. I see nothing inherent to the Cloth per se which renders those in said estates/orders more immune from cruelty than would pertain to diligent persons in lay offices.


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A ‘Christian Ten Commandments’

In this post on the excellent Delphi forum “CrossCurrents“, a certain Paul Hartigan suggests the adoption of the following as an alternative version of our familiar decalogues:

1. Love God above all else. Do not put your trust in the idols of money, power, honour or self righteousness. Do not be concerned by the cares of this world
2. Have faith that God loves you and will answer your prayers
3. Love your neighbour who you must see as any human being you meet upon the way.
4. Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you
5. Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned
6. Forgive without condition
7. Do not parade your good deeds before others; and do not conceal evil intentions behind a façade of piety.
8. Seek the will of your father in heaven not only in your deeds but also in the motives and intentions of your innermost soul
9. Deny yourself and take up your cross.
10. Repent and believe the good news of the Kingdom of God.

While at face value these generally look like rather nice propositions, to be frank I’m yet to be quite convinced of their utility as an alternate decalogue.  Comment is welcome.

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