The Inquisition Gets Medieval

“NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition!… Amongst our weaponry are such diverse elements as: fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope, and nice red uniforms.” – Monty Python Europe used money a lot, and from the fall of the Roman Empire until the Renaissance, they didn’t use …

Crusading for Coinage

“If you want to make a little money, write a book. If you want to make a lot of money, create a religion.”  – L. Ron Hubbard     By the time the Roman Empire fell, the Roman Catholic Church had already grown to the point where it was no …

Corporations and Creeds

“Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility.”  – Ambrose Bierce The first corporations weren’t like the corporations we know today. Initially created for only temporary purposes, such as the building of roads and aqueducts, the publicani, public contractors, lured individuals to invest in infrastructure for the public …

Faith Beyond Money

The Pentateuch, also called the Torah, including Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, were largely crafted between the years 538–332 BC, a time when slavery was well accepted and males had become the dominant sex of the species as the boys began to play with their new toy, money. Like …

Let Me Hear That Jingle Jangle

“A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.” –Yogi Berra In addition to cattle, slaves, and grain, money as a means of trade has had a number of incarnations, such as teeth, gemstones, foods, weapons, seashells, grains, salt, animal skins, bones, and feathers, but none of them changed the world quite …