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The Inquisition

A Critical and Historical Study of the Coercive Power of the Church

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Author: E. Vacandard
Published: 1907
Language: English
Wordcount: 52,575 / 170 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 67.1
LoC Category: BX
Downloads: 2,747
Added to site: 2008.08.17 21744
Genres: Religion, History

ts of the Old Testament that decreed the death penalty for apostasy, he says: "If we must refer briefly to the difference between the law given to the Jews of old by Moses, and the law laid down by Christ for Christians, we would state that it is impossible to harmonize the legislation of Moses, taken literally, with the calling of the Gentiles.... For Christians cannot slay their enemies, or condemn, as Moses commanded, the contemners of the law to be put to death by burning or stoning."[1]

[1] Contra Celsum, lib. vii, cap. xxvi.

St. Cyprian also repudiates in the name of the Gospel the laws of the Old Testament on this point. He writes as follows: "God commanded that those who did not obey his priests or hearken to his judges,[1] appointed for the time, should be slain. Then indeed they were slain with the sword, while the circumcision of the flesh was yet in force; but now that circumcision has begun to be of the spirit among God's faithful servants, the proud and contumacious are sl



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