Thursday, January 10, 2019

Archbishop of Canterbury beheaded

January 10, 1645: The controversial archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the Church of England, William Laud, is beheaded. An enemy and persecutor of the Puritans and a staunch defender of the "divine right of kings", he found himself on the wrong side of history when the Puritan revolution began in the 1640s.

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Personal Postscript — I have trouble understanding why human beings have always been so murderous. As a case on point, the fate of William Laud baffles and horrifies me. I might understand (but would never condone) his fate if I better understood 17th century English history. However, in the big picture of things, I remain convinced that religion and politics should never be mixed. 


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  1. agree with that, certainly... humans are just animals, imo, and most aren't too bright: they become imbued with an idea and run with it to extremes... It would be nice if tolerance and understanding were genetic... maybe some sort of gene splicing?

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    1. Well, genetic manipulation for purposes of a superior human race ..... hmmmm....that sounds like dangerous power if in the wrong hands ....

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    2. i know... it seems like whichever way one goes there's some disaster waiting behind the bushes...

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