Chust for Nice

Chartres Cathedral

One of the great monuments built by atheists…Whoops. Just kidding.

  • Paulus

    Now _that_ is funny!

  • Dantius Palpatine

    Nice picture. However, I always thought these were built by the Free and Accepted Masons?

  • DrDJ

    Designed and built by humans.
    Using the proceeds of the sales of indulgences.

    • Zwetschgenkrampus

      Re. sales of indulgences: Dear DrDJ, for this statement you fail your history class. The whole “sale of indulgences” can-of-worms started to appear on the menu about 150 years after completion of Chartres cathedral. Now, if you want your prejudices to fit the facts, why didn’t you write something like “Built by nicely and neightbourly forced labor, because the burgesses of Chartres wanted their new cathedral built QUICK, so nobody was allowed to bugger off and leave the others to it.”

  • John Cantor

    Oh, yeah, lots of atheists in thirteenth-century France. Know what else they were short of? Cathars.

    ~In fact, theirs was a curious religion that apparently (no one knows for certain) came to France from what is now Bulgaria. Catharism was a blend of Gnosticism, which claimed to have access to a secret source of religious knowledge, and of Manichaeism, which said matter is evil. The Catharists believed in two gods: the “good” God of the New Testament, who sent Jesus to save our souls from being trapped in matter; and the “evil” God of the Old Testament, who created the material world in the first place. The Catharists’ beliefs entailed serious—truly civilization-destroying—social consequences. ~

    And what happened to ‘em?

    ~The doors of the church of St Mary Magdalene were broken down and the refugees dragged out and slaughtered. Reportedly, 7,000 people died there. Elsewhere in the town many more thousands were mutilated and killed. Prisoners were blinded, dragged behind horses, and used for target practice.[32] What remained of the city was razed by fire. Arnaud wrote to Pope Innocent III, “Today your Holiness, twenty thousand heretics were put to the sword, regardless of rank, age, or sex. ~

    And thus began the Inquisition. If Inquisitors are quick to burn their fellow Christians, ya think they’re gonna get real shook up about throwing a coupla atheists on the barbie? I’m thinking, not. I’m thinking, a guy questioned god back then, back there, he kept it to himself.

    Funny thing about the Inquisition… got any more National Socialists in Germany? Any more apparatchiks in Russia? Any more KKK ’round here, that ain’t a joke, joke, joke? Not so much. But the Inquisition perseveres, now known as the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith – – still kicking after all these years. Is that the kind of monument you’re talking about, Padre?

  • Jim

    Hello John
    What point are you making?
    You seem to be asking the Padre a question in your last paragraph. I will answer as best I can.
    Yes, there are National Socialists in Germany
    Yes there are apparatchicks in Russia
    I don’t know whether there are any more KKK members where you live, perhaps you are a member and could confirm the status
    The Roman Inquisition was known as the Holy Office, it is now called the CDF. Catholics know this.