fbpx

Did medieval Christians really believe the Jews were agents of the Devil? 

During the Middle Ages it was commonly believed that Jews were minions of the Devil. Medieval Christian thinkers began asking themselves what kind of rational creature would deliberately reject the truth of Christian revelation and kill God. They concluded that only someone who was an irrational and inhuman agent of Satan could act that way.

Gabriel Wilensky

How Jews went from defenseless victims to be considered powerful agents of the Devil

It becomes easier to understand how the masses as well as their intellectual and spiritual mentors could believe the vilest charges against Jews and rise repeatedly and violently against them when one realizes how often and insistently the charge of satanic nature and allegiance was ascribed to the Jews.

“Many varied and unreasonable accusations made sense to a medieval mind who understood and accepted as self evident that the nature of the Jews was evil and depraved since they were agents of Satan.”

Jews were believed to be as likely to desecrate a church’s sacred images in front of a large and hostile audience, to refuse the veracity of Christian miracles, or to publicly express contempt for Christian beliefs, as to despoil the host, murder Christian boys to use their blood in their rituals, spread poison with the wind, and practice depraved sexual acts. These, and many other varied and unreasonable accusations made sense to a medieval mind who understood and accepted as self evident that the nature of the Jews was evil and depraved since they were agents of Satan.

Grab Your Copy Today!

Six Million Crucifixions

Traces the history of antisemitism in Christianity and the role that played in making possible the Holocaust.

Want to stay informed about the topic?
Subscribe below.

15 + 11 =

Concentration Camps

When the Nazis took power in Germany in 1933 they began a systematic campaign to eliminate political opposition, which was later expanded to include all the people the party…

Pius XII to Roosevelt: Please Spare Us

The Telegraph in the UK and other newspapers recently reported about a letter written by Pope Pius XII to President Roosevelt. In this letter, dated August 30,…

The Divided Nations: A Look at the United Nations

A cursory look at the history of the world reveals an unending stream of blood. The greed for power, intolerance and the utter disregard for the…

Who Knew What, When? Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust

Defenders of the Church are fond of repeating the already debunked post-WWII myth that nobody knew of the atrocities back home, that the…

Forgetting the Sexually Abused Children: The Church’s Strategy

It’s odd that anyone should be surprised at the current sexual child abuse scandal engulfing the Catholic Church. It should not be…

Us vs. Them. Again.

For almost two thousand years Christianity taught the faithful that Christianity had superseded and replaced Judaism. It taught that God had abrogated his covenant with the…

What was the Holocaust?

These days people often use the term “holocaust” to refer to any genocide, but that is incorrect. The answer to the question “What was the Holocaust?” is simple: the…

Why did the Holocaust start?

Quite often people ask: why did the Holocaust start? There are many reasons for the Holocaust, just like there are usually several reasons for any genocide. The…

The Holocaust

The Holocaust can be a perplexing event. After all, what could have possibly motivated and driven so many people to commit such atrocious acts, and in such numbers, as those committed…

Silence Implies Approval

Often, religious people cling to their religion because it provides them with solace and succor during times of despair or hardship. Many times religious people go to their…