Heretical History: The Cathar Massacre

Jay Constantine's avatar Jay Constantine

In my recent work, I explore the conflicts between science and religion as well as controversies over heresy and orthodoxy. I would like my work to initiate a discussion on the issues of religious intolerance and the often-violent history of Christianity. Over the centuries many alternative views have been suppressed by the Catholic and Protestant Churches of Europe. In some cases groups like the Cathars, Anabaptists, Beguines, Manichaeans, Arians, Waldensians and others were executed with genocidal intent. In the case of the Jewish People, many scholars believe that there are passages in the New Testament that laid the foundation for anti-semitism that resulted in centuries of oppression. By drawing attention to individuals and groups who endured religious persecution, my work encourages a re-evaluation of so-called heretical views and expresses the need for critical thinking in the realm of religion. In this way, my work is part history lesson, part critique and part memorial.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 3 inches
  • Medium: Oil on Panel
  • Width: 72 inches
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 72 inches