Category Archives: Religion

Using Torture properly (?) a lesson for the USA

Empirical evidence on contemporary torture is sparse. The archives of the Spanish Inquisition* provide a detailed historical source of quantitative and qualitative information about interrogational torture. The inquisition tortured brutally and systematically, willing to torment all who it deemed as … Continue reading

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A very brisk Mother Superior in a French convent

[Her] account includes being told by the [Mother] Superior that if a doctor advised a surgical operation, “your Superiors will decide whether your life is of sufficient value to the community to justify the expense. If it is not, you … Continue reading

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The uncharitable Sisters of Charity

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Bartender Joke

A priest, a rabbi, and a Baptist minister walk into a bar. The bartender looked at them and says, “Tell me the joke. If it’s any good the first drink is on the house.”

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First things first!

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Rules Are Rules: You know that, Sir

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A football match between God’s team and Satan’s team

A border dispute erupted between heaven and hell. God invited the devil for negotiations to resolve the dispute. Satan proposed a football match. God agreed immediately saying, “The heat must be affecting your brain don’t you know all the good … Continue reading

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George Neville: his archbishop of York’s feast 1465

There were 3,000 guests and the feast lasted a week:- “There was a frenzy of butchery. The carcasses disembowelled, plucked, prepared and dressed for the occasion included 1,000 sheep, 500 deer of various varieties, 400 swans, 2,000 each of pigs … Continue reading

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Medieval Routes to Heaven

Medieval Christians accepted, as fact, Mankind’s inherent sinfulness. They also accepted, as fact, that Heaven existed. The aim of life was to enter Heaven and share eternal life with Jesus. Squaring this circle had a dramatic impact on their lifestyles. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Robert Harris ~ The Second Sleep (2019)

Harris leaves me gasping. He’s so prolific and intelligent that it’s almost intimidating. The Cicero trilogy was a triumph on which his entire reputation could have stood but, of course, there’s more, much more. The Second Sleep is a reverse … Continue reading

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