Let god sort them out

Arnaud Amalric

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God will know his own. He was abbot of Poblet in Catalonia from to , then of Grandselve from to Failing in this, he distinguished himself by the zeal with which he incited men by his preaching to the crusade against them. Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius Kill them. For the Lord knows who are His. This is the origin of the modern phrase, " Kill them all and let God sort them out.

I recall, when I was around nine or ten years old, traveling with my mother to Parris Island South Carolina to watch my older brother graduate from Marine Corps boot camp. It showed a skeletal face wearing a Marine Corps cover with red burning eyes and its boney fingers gripping an M At the time, I had no idea that the phrase was medieval in origin. So perhaps the more sensitive minded reader might forgive a moment of hyperbole on the part of those regularly dispatched to engage in deadly combat in some of the most dangerous places on Earth. Marine Corps. One only need google the phrase or search on Amazon and they will find many images some of which are pictured above of flags, t-shirts, bumper stickers, and patches for sale bearing the phrase and geared toward members of the U.

The Albigensian Crusades were a series of campaigns waged in France between and to stamp out what is known as the Cathar Heresy. The Cathars were a Gnostic group or sub-faith within the church that rejected some of the orthodox Roman Catholic views of faith in favor of their own views. Like other Gnostics the Cathars believed that there was a distinction between spirit and matter and that matter was inherently evil and thus sinful. They led a different lifestyle than orthodox catholics and rejected much of the materialism in society around them. It was probably this rejection of materialism as much as their beliefs that led to their branding as heretics. The Cathars attempted to hold themselves aloof from society and avoid being soiled by material things. The movement started to take hold in southern France in the mid-twelfth century and in Pope Innocent III declared a crusade against the Cathars after the failure of non-violent and diplomatic means to suppress their heresy..

Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius. A direct translation of the Latin phrase would be " Kill them. For the Lord knows those that are His own. Deus suos agnoscet. While discussions were still going on with the barons about the release of those in the city who were deemed to be Catholics, the servants and other persons of low rank and unarmed attacked the city without waiting for orders from their leaders.

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The Medieval Origins of a Modern Phrase- “Kill’em all. Let God sort’em out.”

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  1. Greg G. says:

    History, Religion, and Foreign Affairs

  2. Cirinea V. says:

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  3. India D. says:

    The local Cathars had many liberal attitudes, including tolerance towards Jews and non-believers, equality between men and women, sex for fun instead of procreation, acceptance of homosexuality, and some were even vegetarians.

  4. Gualberto S. says:

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