Re: more than by inheritance alone

Ruby Rohrlich (rohrlich@GWIS2.CIRC.GWU.EDU)
Mon, 8 Jan 1996 20:45:21 -0500

Daniel dear: That was a fine discourse. I don't know when you sent it,
but I got it l/7, when I returned from three weeks away .... away. But
the followers of St. Francis
and St. Domenic may be like the followers of Jesus, completely different
from the originals. The mendicant monks,the Franciscans and the
Dominicans, became the
instruments of the Inquisition beginning in the l4th century, set up by
thew papacy to deal with the heretics, which were flourishing at this
time. Somehow, these monks found the time to persecute the Jews, too,
first by branding them as heretics to their own religion, the Torah. I
have just finished reading JESUS, by A.N. Wilson, an accomplished
biographer, who tries very hard to write a historical biography of Jesus,
and succeeds in showing clearly that
as his followers became Christians they invented rituals and beliefs that
had nothing to do with Jesus, for example, the Eucharist. But what
Wilson did do was develop an interesting view of the Jews of the period,
among whom Jesus fitted right in -- that is, among the prophets, who
seemed to have appeared in every period. So you know all that. But a
lot of it is new to me. Have a good year, Daniel, and please continue to
write -- I enjoy your discourses. Ruby