Darkening Age, 21

Pieter Coecke van Aelst, Story of Saint Paul: The Burning of theBooks at Ephesus, designed ca. 1529, woven before 1546 (medium:wool and silk, woven under the direction of Jan van der Vyst). Editor’s note.Bold-typed emphasis in the last paragraph is mine. In chapter eleven of The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World, Catherine Nixey…

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A message for Catholics

A few days ago some Santeríapractitioners ritually sacrificed a poor chicken and they came to throw the decapitated corpse at the corner of my house in Mexico City. I want you to know that I blame the Catholicism of the Counter-Reformation, brought here by the Spanish and Portuguese, of these cruelties with animals. If the Iberians…

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Christianity’s Criminal History, 113

 Editors’ note:To contextualise these translations of Karlheinz Deschner’s encyclopaedic history of the Church in 10-volumes, Kriminalgeschichte des Christentums, read the abridged translationof Volume I. The Catholic ‘children emperors’ ‘These sovereigns followed the examples of the great Theodosius’. —Cardinal Hergenrother, Church Historian ‘The emperors were also pious Catholics’. —Peter Brown ‘The world is sinking’. —St Jerome  The division…

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Karlheinz Deschner died in 2014, a year after he published the tenth volume of his Criminal History of Christianity, which he had begun more than twenty-five years before, after seventeen other preparatory studies. Throughout the nearly five thousand pages of the German edition translated into several languages—but curiously not into English except for the abridged…

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Christianity’s Criminal History, 100

Below, an abridged translation from the third volume of Karlheinz Deschner’s Kriminalgeschichte des Christentums. Most of the written statements about the martyrs are false, but all of them were considered as totally valid historical documents (7 of 7) Although the number of Christian martyrs in the first three centuries could be calculated at 1,500 (a…

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Christianity’s Criminal History, 99

Below, an abridged translation from the third volume of Karlheinz Deschner’s Kriminalgeschichte des Christentums. Most of the written statements about the martyrs are falsified, but all of them were considered as totally valid historical documents (6 of 7) It only remains to say that we are not talking about pious legends, but about written statements,…

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Christianity’s Criminal History, 98

Below, an abridged translation from the third volume of Karlheinz Deschner’s Kriminalgeschichte des Christentums.   Most of the martyrs’ acts are falsified, but all of them were considered as totally valid historical documents (5 of 7) Following the above examples, as many Christian heroes could have died as the writer wanted. Let us compare the…

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Christianity’s Criminal History, 97

Below, an abridged translation from the third volume of Karlheinz Deschner’s Kriminalgeschichte des Christentums.   Most of the written statements about the martyrs are false, but all of them were considered as totally valid historical documents (4 of 7) Mar Jacob, the one tear into pieces, after the ten fingers of the hands and three…

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Christianity’s Criminal History, 96

Below, an abridged translation from the third volume of Karlheinz Deschner’s Kriminalgeschichte des Christentums.   Most of the written statements about the martyrs are false, but all of them were considered as totally valid historical documents (3 of 7) But precisely the bishops—whose martyrdom was considered ‘something special’ before that of ordinary Christians—very rarely were…

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Christianity’s Criminal History, 95

Below, an abridged translation from the third volume of Karlheinz Deschner’s Kriminalgeschichte des Christentums.   Most of the written statements about the martyrs are false, but all of them were considered as totally valid historical documents (2 of 7) The tolerance of the Romans in religious matters was generally great. They had it before the…

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