Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 8 years ago

The differences in the holocaust and the inquisition?

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  • 8 years ago
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    The Holocaust was about genocide. The Inquisition was about heresy.

    For those claiming it was used to convert the Jews - you are OH so wrong. One had to be Christian in order to be a heretic.

    The Spanish Inquisition was about checking the "conversos" - Spanish for 'those [who] converted.' What the king who asked for the "inquiry" did not know was that, like the 'Burning Times' - it would cause people with petty grievances to turn on one another. Accusations were rampant. With few clergy to handle the numbers.

    Mind you, the "conversos" were actually very few. Those born Catholic were not subject to the Inquisition. Neither were those remaining Jewish.

    The Inquisitors, like today's ecclesiastic judges, were specialized. They had profound knowledge of church teachings and church laws.

    The Inquisition did not kill a single individual. While the Holocaust slaughtered an entire people.

    Anyone charged had to make it through ecclesiastic courts. Even if found innocent, they may have been found guilty - and thereby executed - by CIVIL courts.

    For instance at one diocese in Toulouse, 42 were accused - but only one turned over to the civil court. That person was executed for heresy. By the CIVIL court.

  • 8 years ago

    The Inquisition did not have the authority to kill anyone. The Inquisition was made to inquire (root word) as to whether accusations of heresy were true. Church officials did not have the authority to pronounce death, only the lords of the land could. Many were very much dedicated to religious homogenity because it made their lands much easier to govern (the Spanish monarchs). But, there were also lords who didn't care at all (some princes of the Holy Roman Empire, for instance).

    The idea of the Inquisition we have been taught since childhood is quite simply completely false. I suggest you forget everything you think you know about it and then start reading some actual history books.

    Here is a good start

    Edit: "Christians of Jewish origin because they had earlier been forcibly converted -- so now the Inquisition sought out those of the "New Christians" who were secretly keeping Judaism."

    Not completely true. Many Jews were converted through honest persuasion before 1492 by the efforts of some good churchmen. Even then, the number of "conversos" that secretely continued practicing Judaism was probably very small. The reason the monarchs called the Spanish Inquisition was because of hysteria and wild conspiracy theories involving Jews that ignorant peasants ate up. They formed angry mobs and started attacking conversos, the monarchs saw setting up an Inquisition run by the state as a way to make them happy.

  • 8 years ago

    The purpose of the Inquisition was to seek out heretics inside the Christian religion.

    Obviously the substantial effect was on Christians of Jewish origin because they had earlier been forcibly converted -- so now the Inquisition sought out those of the "New Christians" who were secretly keeping Judaism.

    Bottom line -- the fundamental purpose of the Inquisition and other violent institutions of forced conversion was to bring those who were not Christian (in this case Jews) into Christianity.

    Violence was the biproduct.

    The German project was to the contrary -- they wanted to eliminate the genetic remnant of Jews.

    They wanted to kill out all Jews -- and the more integrated into society those Jews were, the worse as far as the Nazis were concenrned - because the integration was causing the polution of the "pure Caucasian race" with Jewish genes.

    We see the origin of this difference with Martin Luther himself.

    While the Catholics spoke of conversion, and even had a theological position that some remnant of unconverted Jews would remain as an object lesson until the second coming of Jesus,

    Martin Luther saw the Jews as a disease in the body of Christendom. He believed that Jews were beyond conversion and simply presented a danger to the souls of good Christians -- and taught that "the way I would baptise a Jew would be to tie a rock around his neck and throw him off a bridge..."

  • 8 years ago

    We are entitled to our own thoughts and opinions, but not to our own facts. The holocaust typically refers to the mass killing of the Jews in World War II. The Inquisition was an effort by the Roman Catholic Church to identify people who had grievously fallen from the faith. Although the undertaking was gruesome, it was not of the same mass scale as the German campaign to establish racial purity by the wholesale murder of millions of people.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    The inquisitions were mainly targeted towards "heretics", and the Holocaust had a higher death count. I know there are more examples, but I'll have to do further research.

  • 8 years ago

    there is none.

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