The Marriage of Christianity and Eugenics in the Early Twentieth Century

Religious ideas and cultural values exerted a powerful influence upon eugenics in an attempt to make it more palatable. By Dr. Graham J. BakerWellcome Unit for the History of MedicineUniversity of Oxford Abstract Historians have regularly acknowledged the significance of religious faith to the eugenics movement in Britain and the USA. However, much of this[…]

The ‘Dissolution of the Monasteries’ by Henry VIII in 1536

It was the first step of what would turn out to be a rocky and far from straightforward road to making England a Protestant state. Introduction The Dissolution of the Monasteries was a policy introduced in 1536 CE by Henry VIII of England (r. 1509-1547 CE) to close down and confiscate the lands and wealth[…]

The ‘Pilgrimage of Grace’ against Henry VIII Splitting the Church of England from Rome

The 40,000 protestors were dispersed by the threat of armed force and false promises of pardons and reforms. Introduction The Pilgrimage of Grace is the collective name for a series of rebellions in northern England, first in Lincolnshire and then in Yorkshire and elsewhere between October and December 1536 CE. Nobles, clergy, monks, and commoners united to[…]

Religious Legal Systems in Comparative Law: A Guide to Introductory Research

An overview of the major world systems, and where and how they have been and are implemented. Introduction Religious Legal Systems Religious law emanates from the sacred texts of religious traditions and in most cases purports to cover all aspects of life as a seamless part of devotional obligations to a transcendent, imminent, or deep[…]

Inspirations for and the Development of Law in Ancient Rome

The most celebrated system of jurisprudence known to the world begins, as it ends, with a Code. Ancient Codes From the commencement to the close of its history, the expositors of Roman Law consistently employed language which implied that the body of their system rested on the Twelve Decemviral Tables, and therefore on a basis[…]