Books Jul 16, 2009 at 4:00 am

A Brief History of the Blues, from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Rebecca Brown


The term “Cathars” derives from the Greek word Katheroi and means “Pure Ones". They were a gnostic Christian sect of tolerant pacifists that arose in the 11th century, an offshoot of a small surviving European gnostic community that emigrated to the Albigensian region in the south of France.The medieval Cathar movement flourished in the 12th century A.D. throughout Europe until its virtual extermination at the hands of the Inquisition in 1245.

There are an ever increasing number of historians and other academics engaged in serious Cathar studies. Interestingly, to date, the deeper they have dug, the more they have vindicated Cathar claims to represent a survival of the Earliest Christian Church.

Thank you!
Brad Hoffstetter
Communications Division
Assembly of good Christians

Some credible sources:… /1212b_moreinfo.htm
But what about Rebecca's allegations then, Brad? She isn't just pulling that out of the air, is she? I have the feeling you might both be right, which might mean the early Christian church might have been more twisted in ideology and practice than the more romantic historians of the faith would have us believe.

Oh, Brendan -- superb review. I'm going out to buy the book today because of it!
the Stranger is so fucking incestuous.
Having climbed in stifling heat through attics of the Goodwin’s, and attics of cow barns in Berwick where farmers have been known to turn up anti-gay rants by Rush Limbaugh really loudly through speakers over the animals upon seeing women with short hair on the property, and attics of foreclosed houses without working plumbing (think weeks in winter below freezing) but with gorgeous stone wall gardens now in disrepair seeking unbound books, thousands of old books to pack into an old university facilities and engineering van with the seats taken out, I’ve sat listening to conversation between the yard sale early bird crowd and the son of the previous owner about benches made of cast iron that have been welded and there are ants climbing towards the shaker furniture in the side yard on a millstone slab and it’s crazy hot, and there’s no water, just one last walk through to see if there are Wallace Nutting prints, or marbles or postcards or proof of the persecution of witches on the wall in longhand scrawl in the kitchen.

Who do you think invented incest anyway? You say it like it’s a bad thing. Any idea how inbred those Puritans were?

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