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Old August 28th, 2006, 07:25 AM   #1
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The Spanish Inquisition


What can you tell me about the Spanish Inquisition?
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Old August 28th, 2006, 11:30 AM   #2

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Inquisitors routinely brought in Jews, women, common folk and tortured them for confessions of heresy, witchcraft, or Jewery. Then they killed them. Very brutal time. People let their superstitious nature take hold. It was a time of fear, who would the Inquisitors target next? Hope it's not me, better tell someone my neighbor looks a bit too Jewy, that'll take the pressure off of me. Basically how people thought. It was like a lesser degree of living in Nazi Germany and Salem, Massachuesets.
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Old August 28th, 2006, 02:32 PM   #3

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It depends on what you want to know.....I believe it was created by the Dominicans during the reign of Ferdinand and Isabella. Celticbard did a nice job of summing up....is their something more specific that you want to know?
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Old August 28th, 2006, 08:43 PM   #4

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Thank you, not really my area, most of what I know of it comes from Mel Brooks' History of the World Part I, musical nuns and tortured Jews singing and what not.
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I found 4 motives for instituting spanish inquisition:

1. To establish political and religious unity. The Inquisition allowed the monarchy to intervene actively in religious affairs, without the interference of the Pope. At the same time, Ferdinand and Isabella's objective was the creation of an efficient state machinery; thus one of their priorities was to achieve religious unity to promote more centralized political authority.

2. To weaken local political opposition to the Catholic Monarchs. Strengthening centralized political authority also entailed weakening local political opposition. Resistance to the installation of the Inquisition in the Kingdom of Aragon, for example, was often couched in terms of local legal privleges (fueros).

3. To do away with the powerful converso minority. Many members of influential families such as the Santa Fes, the Santangels, the Caballerias and the Sanchezes, were prosecuted in the Kingdom of Aragon. This is contradicted, to an extent, by the fact that Ferdinand, King of Aragon, continued to employ many conversos in his administration.

4. Economic support. Given that one of the measures used with those tried was the confiscation of property, this possibility cannot be discarded.
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The French kicked it to the ground when they invaded in 1808. Thank god too.....
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I thought you were an atheist?
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I thought you were an atheist?
Colloquialisms die hard.
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So do arguements you get into when you know you're wrong...
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Old September 5th, 2006, 03:15 PM   #10

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Hmm I don't know why my reply was deleted as I did not think it was inappropriate.

Anyway, you have to understand that if this is the method you're using to say I'm wrong, then I've been wrong all my life because I've always used things like "oh my god" or "dear god." However, this is an unwise standard to hold since individuals immersed in Anglophone cultures would have a difficult time escaping from such commentary. If I were writing a philosophy paper, I would be more careful with my language.

That aside, are you saying that my "thank god too" comment proves that I'm not an atheist? That's weird, because I'm claiming that I am, despite an evident slip (that will continue to happen for my entire life).
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