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5.0 out of 5 stars An astounding book!, 7 Nov 2010
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Nigel McBain "Nigel" (Woori Yallock, VIC, Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Grand Inquisitor's Manual: A History of Terror in the Name of God (Paperback)
Kirsch has given us a book which literally hammers home the dangers of trying to police thought with terror, torture and violence. One reads a book like this and can never really look at the church the same way again. In fact one comes away thinking what an extremely dangerous thing monotheism is = only one way, the "true church", the only way to heaven, outside the church no salvation, etc.

Critically, the book does tend to be a tad repetitive and a tad on the circular side - it is a bit like watching one of those documentaries which keep telling you what is coming up after the advertisment breaks, or was it that so many tortures just start to blend into one another, so many abuses, such horrors, all become one giant mass and you're left reeling from it. If you don't mind that kind of slick presentation, then you won't notice this structural element too much.

The research is clear, the message plain. If you think that the absolutist stance is right, if you think that torturing people in the name of some high ideal is okay, if you believe that the Inquisition is somehow excusable as a product of an earlier time, then in reading this book, you will come to see that such a position is untenable.

Well done. Buy it, read it, and give it to friends.
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