The hammer

by Silenci030310 on January 28th, 2013

What follows my words is the introduction by Wicasta Lovelace of the most horrible book ever conceived by the human mind: The Malleus Maleficarum. This is the handbook used by the Catholic Church during the famous Inquisition of the Middle Ages. I will also provide a link for anyone who wishes to download the complete book. I must warn anyone who reads this book, that it is a book that gives new meaning to the word insane! The reason I put this on this site is because it is a look into the minds of those who, no matter when they lived, fully believed that they were justified by divinity and were doing the will of their god. It also testifies to the lengths the Catholic Church was willing to take to acquire supreme rule over the world. The question I raise is how willing are they today if the hold over humanity, using indoctrination and fear, begins to loosen. I believe that it is fully relevant in seeing the true nature of the faith that professes itself as mandated by God. I also feel that it is relevant in seeing how hypocritical their entire system of belief is. This system of faith is still in power today over the lives of millions and only by seeing the way they have done things in the past can we get a glimpse of what they could be willing to do in the future. To say that the book is around 500 years old is muted by the age of the Bible. Now having said that let me also add that I do not believe that they would ever use these methods today. Knowledge is too widespread and the excuse that everyone is a devil simply would not work today. Just as the molestation of thousands of children were recently covered by over $200,000,000.00 of donations by loyal believers in way of so-called “reparations” by the Church, this book shows the true spirit of the three major faiths. We see what Muslim extremists are doing to “infidels” now as the rest of them do nothing. With this book, the Koran, when read, is anything but a book of peace. Though seeing these things, you must keep in mind that there IS a Creator who loves humanity beyond words and the time when the chains of slavery are removed from mankind is coming. Man is destined to be free, but just like birth, it is sometimes very painful. Having said that I give my utmost respect to the most beautiful of all life ever created: the human female. Anyway, here is the introduction. The link to this book will be titled “The Hammer”. To see some of the wonderful inventions used in the book and created to “convince” the “unfaithful” see

The Malleus Maleficarum (The Witch Hammer), first published in 1486, is arguably one of the most infamous books ever written, due primarily to its position and regard during the Middle Ages. It served as a guidebook for Inquisitors during the Inquisition, and was designed to aid them in the identification, prosecution, and dispatching of Witches. It set forth, as well, many of the modern misconceptions and fears concerning witches and the influence of witchcraft. The questions, definitions, and accusations it set forth in regard to witches, which were reinforced by its use during the Inquisition, came to be widely regarded as irrefutable truth. Those beliefs are held even today by a majority of Christians in regard to practitioners of the modern “revived” religion of Witchcraft, or Wicca. And while the Malleus itself is largely unknown in modern times, its effects have proved long lasting. At the time of the writing of The Malleus Maleficarum, there were many voices within the Christian community (scholars and theologians) who doubted the existence of witches and largely regarded such belief as mere superstition. The authors of the Malleus addressed those voices in no uncertain terms, stating: “Whether the Belief that there are such Beings as Witches is so Essential a Part of the Catholic Faith that Obstinacy to maintain the Opposite Opinion manifestly savours of Heresy.” The immediate, and lasting, popularity of the Malleus essentially silenced those voices. It made very real the threat of one being branded a heretic, simply by virtue of one's questioning of the existence of witches and, thus, the validity of the Inquisition. It set into the general Christian consciousness, for all time, a belief in the existence of witches as a real and valid threat to the Christian world. It is a belief which is held to this day. It must be noted that during the Inquisition, few, if any, real, verifiable, witches were ever discovered or tried. Often the very accusation was enough to see one branded a witch, tried by the Inquisitors' Court, and burned alive at the stake. Estimates of the death toll during the Inquisition worldwide range from 600,000 to as high as 9,000,000 (over its 250 year long course); either is a chilling number when one realizes that nearly all of the accused were women, and consisted primarily of outcasts and other suspicious persons. Old women. Midwives. Jews. Poets. Gypsies. Anyone who did not fit within the contemporary view of pious Christians were suspect, and easily branded "Witch". Usually to devastating effect. It must also be noted that the crime of Witchcraft was not the only crime of which one could be accused during the Inquisition. By questioning any part of Catholic belief, one could be branded a heretic. Scientists were branded heretics by virtue of repudiating certain tenets of Christian belief (most notably Galileo, whose theories on the nature of planets and gravitational fields was initially branded heretical). Writers who challenged the Church were arrested for heresy (sometimes formerly accepted writers whose works had become unpopular). Anyone who questioned the validity of any part of Catholic belief did so at their own risk. The Malleus Maleficarum played an important role in bringing such Canonical law into being, as often the charge of heresy carried along with it suspicions of witchcraft. It must be remembered that the Malleus is a work of its time. Science had only just begun to make any real advances. At that time nearly any unexplainable illness or malady would often be attributed to magic, and thus the activity of witches. It was a way for ordinary people to make sense of the world around them. The Malleus drew upon those beliefs, and, by its very existence, reinforced them and brought them into the codified belief system of the Catholic Church. In many ways, it could be said that it helped to validate the Inquisition itself. While the Malleus itself cannot be blamed for the Inquisition or the horrors inflicted upon mankind by the Inquisitors, it certainly played an important role. Thus has it been said that The Malleus Maleficarum is one of the most blood-soaked works in human history, in that its very existence reinforced and validated Catholic beliefs which led to the prosecution, torture, and murder, of tens of thousands of innocent people. The lasting effect of the Malleus upon the world can only be measured in the lives of the hundreds of thousands of men, women, and even children, who suffered, and died, at the hands of the Inquisitors during the Inquisition. At the height of its popularity, The Malleus Maleficarum was surpassed in public notoriety only by The Bible. Its effects were even felt in the New World, where the last gasp of the Inquisition was felt in the English settlements in America (most notably in Salem, Massachusetts during the Salem Witch Trials). It is beyond the scope of this article to adequately examine the role of the Malleus in world history, or its lasting effects. At the very least, The Malleus Maleficarum (The Witch Hammer) offers to us an intriguing glimpse into the Medieval mind, and perhaps gives us a taste of what it might have been like to have lived in those times. - Wicasta Lovelace

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