Blasphemy In The 16th Century

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What I think it means to have a belief is to have a conscience feeling pulling you towards a specific devotion. The conscious agent, whether it is good or evil, is a force that an individual feels inclined to answer too. In regards to this specific case it is crucial to think historically because the act of blasphemy was so shunned in the 16th century. Whereas presently people are more free in their thoughts and religious beliefs. The believer should be allowed to follow an instinct or perception, whether or not it goes against the majority of the community. In the situation of the Benandanti trials there is a contradiction between what is perceived as right and what is wrong. As stated by Ginzberg, “The benandanti were witches: but ‘good’ witches, Sgabarizza …show more content…
The mentalities, attitudes, and values held by this given society demonstrates how disconnected this social structure is at the time. Obviously the act of blasphemy was taken as profanity, but there was no way to approach an interest in another culture of god. That is why I believe such dramatic and dangerous outcomes were ultimately established. As a result, I do not believe we can generalize the mentalities of an entire culture from one particular source. Although a variety of sources does give valuable insight on different perceptions not commonly discussed. Further, analogues of the history of the benandanti to today’s world are the divide between extremist groups and moderate religious groups in all religions, everywhere. Many religious groups, specifically those of extremism, believe there is only one correct way to have a relationship with God and if your method of worship resists their way, consequences must be given. If a belief is a conscience feeling, with or without, empirical evidence to prove a factual case, then any inclination to the divine is a plausible

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