- By James A. Haught

Holy Horrors: An Illustrated History of Religious Murder and Madness

  • Title: Holy Horrors: An Illustrated History of Religious Murder and Madness
  • Author: James A. Haught
  • ISBN: 9781573927789
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Paperback
  • Holy Horrors An Illustrated History of Religious Murder and Madness When you think of saints you envision stained glass pictures of piety But the truth can be horribly different Consider Saint Pius V As Grand Inquisitor he sent Catholic troops to kill Waldensi

    When you think of saints, you envision stained glass pictures of piety But the truth can be horribly different Consider Saint Pius V As Grand Inquisitor, he sent Catholic troops to kill 2,000 Waldensian Protestants in southern Italy After becoming pope, he sent Catholic troops to kill Huguenot Protestants in France Pius also launched the final crusade against Muslims,When you think of saints, you envision stained glass pictures of piety But the truth can be horribly different Consider Saint Pius V As Grand Inquisitor, he sent Catholic troops to kill 2,000 Waldensian Protestants in southern Italy After becoming pope, he sent Catholic troops to kill Huguenot Protestants in France Pius also launched the final crusade against Muslims, sending a Christian naval armada to slaughter thousands in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571 And, he intensified the Roman Inquisition, torturing and burning Catholics whose beliefs varied from official dogma After his death, Pius was canonized a saint Heaven help us.Holy Horrors chronicles the grim spectrum of religious persecution from ancient times to the present, including such historic massacres as the Crusades, the Islamic jihads, the Catholic wars against heretics, the Inquisition, witch hunts, the Reformation, and such atrocities as the Holocaust, the seemingly insoluble Catholic Protestant schism in Northern Ireland, religious tribalism in Lebanon, and the barbaric cruelty of the theocracy in Iran The antique woodcuts, paintings, prints, and contemporary photographs that illustrate the book are at once gruesome and riveting.

    1 thought on “Holy Horrors: An Illustrated History of Religious Murder and Madness

    1. This book I learned about on the book list for the Church of Satan. I liked this book a lot though the author did repeat a few times and in chapters somes jumped around. The worse part is that the author could probably write another just on the modern holy horrors we hear about in the news.

    2. What an eye opener. Please read so you may NEVER forget the atrocities humans are able to inflict upon others in the name of their god! :(

    3. Very quick read - that is really its best attribute. It would have been better with footnotes, but it is a satisfying overview.

    4. This has a really worthwhile purpose but was disappointingly executed. The biggest problem is the lack of sourcing in the text. There is a bibliography at the end, but not even all the sources mentioned in the text are included there. Meanwhile, there are frequently no sources cited in footnotes, endnotes, parenthetical citations, or in the text otherwise. I expect that most of what he's describing here is pretty much the case, but this is exactly the sort of book that could use a ton of good sc [...]

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