Yeah.....sure....lifelong house arrest for Galileo, burned at a stake for Giordano Bruno...Darwin...even Copernicus....my what a light the church was for all researcher and truth seeker! :):):)
Lifelong house arrest for Galileo for having directly and publicly insulted the Pope, not for being a scientist. His celestial orbit theory wasn't even the right one. He believed in the perfect circular orbit, as opposed to Copernicus' elliptical. Further, his punishment was really extremely light given the times. Hell, they even provided him with servants.
Please do feel free to tell us all the injustices suffered by these scientists, particularly Copernicus, and under what charges and for what reasons (my net is screwing with me, so I can't kill that one directly). Because last I checked, Copernicus had his book published through his friend the Bishop, dedicated it to the Pope, and died an old man, peacefully, in his bed. Of a stroke.
From what I recall of Bruno, he was the only scientist to ever have been killed during the Inquisition, probably more because he was a Pantheist than a scientist, seeing as the Church funded and supported scientific advancements on a regular basis. Unless I'm thinking of someone else, I'm not particularly sure.
And do share with us the extreme horrors inflicted upon Charles Darwin, other than the naming of the Darwin Award.
Listening to you Kaz one could wonder what the infamous Inquisition was for if all were so happy together...
You do know the Inquisition only had authority over proclaimed Christians, right?
The politics of the time mandated, through no extraordinary majoritarian discriminatory policy, certain privileges available for Christians that were not for other religious groups. The purpose was to determine the actual Christianity of people who proclaimed themselves Christians in order to obtain said privileges, as to declare such and continue with other practices and teachings was also common practice in those times. Still not exactly humane by modern standards
, but I'm betting that's not what you thought it was either.
On the other hand, you could tell me about Jews living in Polish lands, Poles living in German lands, French living in British lands, and Italians living in Spanish lands on a regular basis being nothing unusual in Middle Ages Europe, sharing as they did a common faith and in many ways identity, whereas one still can't get various regional ethnicities in Africa to mix today.
Everybody had to...it was not as if the church left the people with much choices.
If they wanted to avoid getting tortured and killed in the name of God (all for their own best of course).
Everybody had to... be a clergyman? Are you serious?
And everyone that wasn't a clergyman was tortured and killed?
Or even nearly everybody?
Or even a majority?
Or even a significant minority?
Let's not kid ourselves, here. You can't claim that Copernicus became a clergyman because he was afraid of being tortured and killed otherwise. Seriously. It doesn't work. And whatever that source you quoted, you should stop reading it, because the person who wrote it was apparently retarded. "Feared for their lives", indeed!