God's Jury by Cullen Murphy
The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World

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As history, God's Jury doesn't quite join the dots, but it succeeds as a more general exploration of the "inquisitorial impulse", its message being that "certitude can be a snare".
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Established by the Catholic Church in 1231, the Inquisition continued in one form or another for almost seven hundred years. Though associated with the persecution of heretics and Jews — and with burning at the stake — its targets were more numerous and its techniques more ambitious. The Inquisition pioneered surveillance, censorship, and “scientific” interrogation. As time went on, its methods and mindset spread far beyond the Church to become tools of secular persecution. Traveling from freshly opened Vatican archives to the detention camps of Guantánamo to the filing cabinets of the Third Reich, the acclaimed writer Cullen Murphy traces the Inquisition and its legacy, showing that not only did its offices survive into the twentieth century, but in the modern world its spirit is more influential than ever.

With the combination of vivid immediacy and learned analysis that characterized his acclaimed Are We Rome?, Murphy puts a human face on a familiar but little-known piece of our past and argues that only by understanding the Inquisition can we hope to explain the making of the present.
 

About Cullen Murphy

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Cullen Murphy is the editor at large at Vanity Fair and the former managing editor of the Atlantic Monthly. He is the author of Are We Rome?, The Word According to Eve, and the essay collection Just Curious.
 
Published January 17, 2012 by Mariner Books. 332 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Samuel G. Freedman on Jan 27 2012

“God’s Jury,” while no inquisition, abounds in moral certainty of its own.

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Reviewed by Patricia Cohen on Jan 18 2012

...Mr. Murphy...is such a witty writer that he pulls it off for the most part, offering a compact and breezy history of the Roman Catholic Church’s bloody crusade with an incisive critique of America’s post-9/11 security apparatus.

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Reviewed by Ian Pindar on Mar 01 2013

As history, God's Jury doesn't quite join the dots, but it succeeds as a more general exploration of the "inquisitorial impulse", its message being that "certitude can be a snare".

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Reviewed by Geoffrey Parker on Jan 28 2012

Mr. Murphy...juxtaposes numerous events and texts from yesterday with those of today.

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