torture, faith, reason, and such
*Beware, there is some description of torture in the following material.*
As of right now in social studies at school, I am learning about the middle ages, the scientific revolution, absolutism, the black plague, and such. Very interesting stuff I have to say, especially when your teacher is quite enthusiastic about it. He even told us stories about how he became a teacher. His old teacher use to scare the shiznit out of people, when they were sleeping, by wapping a ruler so hard on their desk that it would shatter. One girl **** her pants. The other time, the same girl was carrying a bucket full of urine for a biology experiement, and she ran to her class, because she was late, then tripped and the bucket hit a gas vent, exploding all over the students. She soon left the school after that.
Anways, on topic.
It can be said that religion is probably responsible for the most deaths in the world. At a time in the world, where faith took over reason, and people were taken advantage by people, who could read and write, such as priests, nobles, and the such, uneducated people would look up to the "wiser" ones and believe what spewed out of their writings and mouths. The church was the most powerful institution, because it was believed that God's will allowed it to. As such, popes were often corrupt, people were always vying for papacy, and one, who was truly spiritual would be observed by the intelligent wicked and quickly plotted against for a quick exit. The belief that the church was at the top of the ladder was instilled in all people's minds and even kings. Not until later, would kings and monarchy overrule the church, but still, the church was powerful. So the point being, the church was extremely powerful, took advantage of it's so called spiritual reign over everything, and was responsible for so many idiotic acts such as the crusades and inquisition.
Now to get on with the meats of the discussion.
So the inquisition was officially started by by Pope Innocent III in order to stop heresy, but mostly, because the odd groups here and there would prove threatful to the church's power. During the years before Reformation, so many people were killed under painful methods of torture. It got worse and worse, into the reformation and afterwards until people got into the idea of humanism and found that reason, such as the greeks had found out, was useful into finding the truth of things. To name such people who used logic, experiementation, observation, and conclusion, are people like Galileo and Capernicus.
Anways, people during the inquisition were brutally tortured, people were often accused of being a witch and such. The simple acusation would often get them interviewed by the inquisitors or whoever was doing the trials. It was thought that in order for the accused to be executed, they had to confess. They would torture them very cruely to wring out confessions. The torturer would often explain to them what he was about to do. The tortures got worse and worse and once the accused confessed, they would also be torured on the way to the gallows, with their body parts nailed to the gallows and such.
For example: women's breasts were ripped off with fiery-hot pincers and were forced into the victims mouth. People were also forced to drink coals, and hot silt. Another gruesome torture, people were often hooked beneath the spinal colum with a giant hoock and left dangling. People were skinned alive. Some were amputated and forced to eat their own amputated parts. Thumbscrews were designed to screw into your thumbs, forcing blood to gush out. Umm, people were often strapped onto a giant wheel and rolled down a steep and edgy cliff. They use to use a contraption called a pear that was designed to enter the **** or rectum, it was expanded to the point of ripping in the tissue, and the spikes at the end were often used to rip out the cervix, intestines, causing fatal damage. And the most famous of all, the iron maiden. It was a coffin like contraption with spikes stuck inside and on the the "door." Your body was pushed into the coffen while it was still standing. They would shut the door and the spikes would drive into your body, but enough that you were still alive. A little slot was open so you could see outside and one would often fight to keep the coffin balance.
Now talk about torture, sick enough?
Now the moral of everything and what I am driving towards.
Is it enough that religion is stuffed down our throats? How could people be so cruel? Why didn't people think of reason as soon as the Greeks. If God controls our fate, then that must mean we have no free will?
I honestly think that the inquisition was probably the most stupidest act ever commited by any religion. People should never torture other humans. I mean, WTH was up with the church?
/ends somewhat immature and pointelss history lesson.