Anyone here ever studied the Catholic church from a historical standpoint, not a religious one?
It's very interesting to hear stories about the Church throughout history quite particularly in Renaissance era Europe. These were quite interesting times for nations, religion and art. But then you do some digging especially in the days after books and movies like Angels and Demons and games like Assassin's Creed, and realize that the history is much stranger than fiction!
The Assassin's Creed franchise is my favourite as the fictional stories they write about the characters and events revolving around the Catholic Church are strikingly close to reality. I would research characters and events in the game and find that the events in the game are what did occur in history (of course the game version was tweaked to support their plot). A big example being the Borgia family known to some as 'history's original crime family'... the real story about the Borgias are far more interesting than the writers of the game could ever imagine (trust me).
In the years after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the Catholic church has definitely had its ups and downs... but a heck of a lot of downs. The Vatican was among the most if not the most corrupt institution in the world but had so much influence especially during the era of the Papal States. Being a devout Catholic myself, I find all this information quite interesting to me. Gotta learn more now
Edited by sirbenedictvs, 15 January 2012 - 09:37 AM.