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Medieval Heretics and Heresies
This evening’s talk is a survey of the many little known individuals, groups and movements that challenged the orthodoxy of the medieval Catholic Church. Rev. Salomone will overview the beliefs and practices of the gnostic Cathars, lay preachers called Waldensians, Brothers and Sisters of the Free Spirit, the prophecies of Joachim of Fiore, radical Franciscans, ascetic Flagellants, bible touting Lollards and many other mystical eccentrics of the period. Most of these dissenters were persecuted for their teachings, giving rise to the papal Crusades, Inquisitions and witch trials that swept across Europe for centuries. Emphasis will be on understanding the psychology and sociology of religious intolerance and its implications for today.
If you are interested in the lost history of Christianity, the forgotten roots of western traditions and the study of sectarian groups, then this discussion will be of great interest to you.
Rev. Gaetano Salomone, M.A./M.Div. is a writer, teacher and independent, Old Catholic priest. He conducts college level, open forum presentations on a variety of topics related to apocryphal scriptures, western esotericism and new religious movements. He has been a regular presenter at Many Rivers for the past nine years and is the author of The Secret Gospel of Mark and the Burial Shroud of Jesus (Xlibris, 2010).