Today, I learned from an entry on Metafilter, is the 800th anniversary of the Bezier Massacre, which was the first Cathar city destroyed in the Albigensian Crusade (1209-1255). The Cathars were Gnostic/dualistic Christian heretics with some interesting peculiar beliefs, like equality for women, vegetarian diet, and reincarnation. So. Like California, only 800 years ago and in France. 😉
The Roman Catholic church, even in the earliest days of its inception, had some significant doctrinal differences with the early Christian church of the years directly following Christ's departure. Although the Cathars did share more in common with the early Christian church than the Roman Catholics did by the Middle Ages, they also had significant doctrinal differences with the early Christian church because of their Gnostic theology.
Had the Albigensian Crusade not occurred, Christianity as we know it would most likely be a much different entity.
- Mood: contemplative