God’s Jury is a look at The Inquisition and how it was no anomaly, but rather a type of much of what we see in our world today.
The Inquisition was the Catholic Church’s attempt to squash heretics and took many forms over several hundred years.
Inquisition mentality is based on or results in moral certainty (we are right and the only ones who are right), institutional power (a force to perpetuate the movement), supervision (you must know what’s going on with all your subjects) and voluminous record keeping (a by-product of supervision.
Violators of the Inquisitor’s morality were tortured, and torture became a virtue to protect the truth. Torture often resulted in death and encouraged painful ways of dying to warn others to adhere to The Truth.
The author ties this in with Hitler’s Nazi movement, Russian governments, McCarthyism and also the recent Patriot Act and torturing of suspected terrorists. He makes a compelling case, one which I’m not sure I agree with fully, but compelling nonetheless.
His antidote for Inquisitions is, of all things, humility. Pride is what leads people to believe they possess the whole truth with no error to grant the certitude to kill those who disagree. Humility, remembering that we are fallible, keeps one from this mentality, a point I could not agree with more.
This was a fascinating book, one that will inspire thinking. I encourage you to read it.