Nope, I was told that you should buy the book first. I do have books about guns that I will never be able to afford.Gizamo said:But Jim,
Do you have all the guns that go with the title? :mrgreen:
It was. The book is a series of questions, answers, rebuttals, etc. where von Langenfeld asked a question and then used logic in his answers to prove that the witch trials were evil and killing innocents. Sobering story.Gizamo said:Interesting subject matter...
The Witch trials of old, as told by a Jesuit priest who ministered to the accused...and those that were afflicted by the confessions.
Was it a good read?
You are correct. Friedrich Spee von Langenfeld was a Jesuit priest who was a teacher of theology and logic. He ministered to many accused witches and came to the conclusion that all were innocent, but that it was a move to get money. He used both a Christian love of others and a view on logic to dispute the witchcraft trials of Germany. Christian compassion(can't torture and execute the innocent along with the guilty) the wheat and the chaff because you punish the innocent, as well as the guilty. You torture someone enough they will confess to anything...the confession is totally worthless. One part of his book tells of a prince(since Germany back then was a confederation of principalities) who called his high priests in. He asked one of them "how many denounciations was sufficient to torture to get a confession? 12" Then told the priest that was how many times that the priest had been denounced. Unending cycle. Accused, tortured to get a confession, tortured to get more names, and around it went.Gizamo said:This is a translated book from the 1600's. The author was a German Jesuit Priest..so the thing that is most interesting is why and how ~ he used applied logic against such a emotional issue. Dang, might have to go out and get this one
Thanks for the tip...