The Inquisition - Madrid Credit: Wikipedia

The Inquisition – Madrid
Credit: Wikipedia

Right up to the Middle Ages, around the eleventh century A.D. we have seen that religion was science, both mystical and spiritual and pragmatic and exploratory, combining empiricism with intuition and inspiration. Then something untoward began to happen.

A phase came in history when the creative flexibility, open-minded elasticity and inspirational dynamics of Religion appeared to become afflicted by unreasoning and obsolete dogma, incapable of adjusting to  changing times, or of  interpreting the new avenues of enquiry, like the arteries of an aging man, hardened by cholesterol and clotting. The forward movement of  thought and freedom of ideas was held in check by vested interests within the ecclesiastical establishment abetted by a self-serving nobility. The freedom to evolve and experiment with the latest versions of the truth were severely restricted by limited minds who wished to monopolize interpretations of the truth without the intellectual faculties needed to sustain such a monopoly. Inevitably a fortress of sacrosanct and unquestionable dogma was built around the Church hoping to preserve its pre-eminence despite the stagnation of knowledge. In the Middle Ages this stagnation became an article of faith, particularly in Europe where the Spanish Inquisition became the supreme expression of such intolerance. Elsewhere the caste system lost its utilitarian and flexible origins and hardened into an instrument of exploitation and subjugation of the unprivileged classes.

Inevitably, the evolutionary intellectual force of the human spirit had to escape these grandiose confines or be reduced to the proverbial golden canary singing its artificial song in a gilded cage.