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Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Laughing In Purgatory University (PU) - Great Dates In Religious History
Here are some dates worth noting in the chronicles of faith.
July 22, 1209 Arnaud-Amaury, Abbot of Citeaux informs crusaders the policy on how to tell enemies from Catholics, "Kill them all. God will know his own." It's interesting to note that the crusade was being waged in southern France against the Cathars, a Christian heresy.
June 22, 1633 Galileo Galilei is charged with heresy due to his support of a sun centered universe.
November 4, 1992 "Thanks to his intuition as a brilliant physicist and by relying on different arguments, Galileo, who practically invented the experimental method, understood why only the sun could function as the centre of the world, as it was then known, that is to say, as a planetary system. The error of the theologians of the time, when they maintained the centrality of the Earth, was to think that our understanding of the physical world's structure was, in some way, imposed by the literal sense of Sacred Scripture....
– Pope John Paul II, saying oooops our bad! (From the same article as above)
September 22, 1692 Eight convicted witches were hung in Salem, MA (click here for story).
September 11, 1857 Mormons engaged in what to be known as "Mountains Meadows Massacre" where 120 men, women, and children were killed (click here for the article).
February 26, 1993 The first bombing of the World Trade Center by Islamic militants - six people were killed and 1,042 people injured.
November 18, 1978 Nine hundred and sixty seven of the faithful at Jonestown, Guyana were either killed or committed suicide at the behest of their spiritual leader, Rev. Jim Jones (click here for link). Jones decided on the mass death of his followers after having killed visiting CA Representative Leo Ryan and all who were in his party.
November 27, 1095 Pope Urban II opens the can of crazy that became the First Crusade, "Let them go instead against the infidel and fight a righteous war. God himself will lead them, for they will be doing His work. There will be absolution and remission of sins for all who die in the service of Christ." Yes, you read that right all sins are forgiven if you go and fight the baddie. Where have I heard that before?
November 4, 1979 Radical Islamic students seize the US embassy in Tehran, Iran and hold fifty two Americans hostage for 444 days.
Yeah, I'm noticing a lot of bad sh*t goes down in the Fall too.
December 9, 2009 I wrote the first post for Laughing In Purgatory. OK, maybe this has more to do with anti-faith.
I'll do some more notable dates and explore specific ones in future posts.