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511. What havoc has been made of books through every century of the Christian era? Where are fifty gospels, condemned as spurious by the bull of Pope Gelasius? Where are the forty wagon-loads of Hebrew manuscripts burned in France, by order of another pope, because suspected of heresy? Remember the ‘Index Expurgatorius', the Inquisition, the stake, the axe, the halter and the guillotine. (Religion & Christianity & Catholicism & Inquisition & Scripture) John Adams
509. The ‘divinity’ of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find a precept for Creeds, Confessions, Oaths, Doctrines and whole carloads of other foolish trumpery that we find Christianity encumbered with.
The priesthood have, in all ancient nations, monopolized learning. And ever since the Reformation where or when has existed a Protestant or dissenting sect who would tolerate a free inquiry? ... The most ungentlemanly insolence, the most yahooish brutality, is patiently endured, countenanced, propagated, and applauded. But touch a solemn truth in collision with a dogma of a sect, though capable of the clearest proof, and you will soon find you have disturbed a nest, and the hornets will swarm about your eyes and hands, and fly into your face and eyes. (Religion & Christianity & Jesus & Gospels & Protestantism & Catholicism & Priesthood) John Adams
684. Abstinence Makes The Church Grow Fondlers. (Religion & Abstinence & Children & Abuse & Paedophile & Catholic) T-shirts and bumper stickers
12,720. The early Christian movement had a lot of different viewpoints and many of them were censored. One version got branded as orthodox. (Christianity & Orthodox & Catholicism) Professor Kirsti Copeland
707. In the unity of the godhead there are three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three persons being truly distinct one from another. Thus in the words of the Athanasian creed the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. Yet there are not three Gods but one God. (God & Jesus & Holy Ghost & Catholic) Catholic Encyclopaedia
3,121. April 12th 1633 ... In Rome 70-year-old Galileo Galilei is on trial for heresy. (Space & Universe & Trial & Galileo) Days That Shook the World: Reach For the Stars
3,122. There can be no ultimate proof of God’s design. (Space & Universe & Trial & Catholic & Galileo) ibid. Pope to Galileo
3,123. The Dialogue is being printed, not in Rome but in Florence. (Space & Universe & Trial & Catholic & Galileo) ibid.
3,124. The Inquisition makes its intentions unmistakably clear. (Space & Universe & Trial & Catholic & Inquisition & Galileo) ibid.
3,125. The Dialogue is banned by the Catholic Church, and will remain so for the next two hundred years. (Space & Universe & Trial & Catholic & Galileo) ibid.
13,116. And the Catholic Church just took this position that we have to be the one faith. We can’t have anybody else believing in these other gods, or polytheism. (Catholicism & Gods) Devon Jackson, author Conspiranoia: The Mother of All Conspiracy Theories, interview Illuminating Angels & Demons
3,539. Whereas you, Galileo, were denounced to this Holy Office for holding as true the false doctrine taught by some that the Sun is the centre of the world. Following the position of Copernicus, which are contrary to the true sense and authority of Holy Scripture. (Sun & Catholic Church & Accusation & Galileo) Catholic Church charge against Galileo
5,719. The best scientific explanation we have for the origin of the universe and everything in the universe including all living systems and ourselves is by what I call neo-Darwinian evolution ... It does not at all contrast with any Catholic teaching. (Evolution & Catholicism) Father George Coyne, interview Professor Richard Dawkins
13,121. Shall we not have regular swarms of them here, in as many disguises as only a king of the gypsies can assume. If ever there was a body of men who merited eternal damnation on earth as in hell, it is this society of Loyolas. John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson 1816, cited O’Malley and Martin p55
12,441. The Roman Church burnt and destroyed hundreds of other manuscripts. (Jesus & India & Catholicism & Manuscript) Beyond Belief: Jesus in India
12,633. The Reformation in Germany in 1517 led by Martin Luther. It was an emotional and intellectual earthquake throughout Europe. It undermined the seemingly all-powerful Roman Catholic Church and demanded that everyone should have the right to read the Bible in their own language. (Bible & Christianity & Catholicism & Reformation) Melvyn Bragg, The King James Bible: The Book That Changed the World, 2001
12,634. In 325 A.D. Emperor Constantine convened the Council of Nicaea to decide the basic tenets of Christianity. He brings together the most powerful church leaders from around the world to discuss legalising a formal Christian religion ... Constantine also unified the Christian Gospels and limited the Gospels he considered ‘fit for the State religion’. (Bible & Christianity & Catholicism & Gospels) ibid.
12,641. The Bible’s chapter divisions were created in the early 1200s. (Bible & Old Testament & New Testament & Christianity & Catholicism) The Forbidden Book: History of the Bible
12,642. Jerome: in 382 he was commissioned to translate the Bible from the Greek into Latin: it became known as the Latin Vulgate. (Bible & Old Testament & New Testament & Christianity & Catholicism) ibid.
12,643. The Church in Rome allowed only one language and that language was Latin. (Bible & Old Testament & New Testament & Christianity & Catholicism) ibid.
12,644. The Pope was elevated to God’s sole agent to lead the Church. (Bible & New Testament & Christianity & Catholicism & Pope) ibid.
12,645. Over 100,000 prostitutes being employed by the Church. (Bible & Christianity & Catholicism & Prostitute) ibid.
12,646. One such way was to extract enormous sums of money from parishes by granted pardon for penance to purgatory. (Bible & Christianity & Catholicism) ibid.
12,715. It is useless and vain for the Protestants to exclaim against the Roman Catholics for their Mariolatry, based on the ancient cult of lunar goddesses, when they themselves worship Jehovah, prominently a lunar god, and when both Churches have accepted in their theologies the ‘Sun’ – Christ of the lunar trinity. (Christianity & Protestant & Catholic) Madame Helena P Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine I
12,718. Everything would be a Roman church. And that’s the story Luke wants to tell. (Christianity & Catholicism & Luke) John Dominic Crossan
12,748. Ever since the world was at peace all the different Christians in the world have been obedience to the Roman Church. It is agreed by all nations that it is forbidden to move things that have been immovable for a long time. (Christianity & Catholicism) Henry VIII