Hi everyone I'm new to this forum and I would like to share my views on the history of our church. Yes I'm harsh in my views but I'm sure you will see why I feel this way after reading my post. Im not unswayable in my opinion and I feel many people won't like the look of my post, but at the very least I'd appreciate some feed back to my views. Please don't label me just yet as some kind of heretic I'm new to my faith and genuinely looking for the path of truth. Even though I mention the Church of England closing, I feel it could be rebuilt on firmer rocks than it originally was. In fact it's a dream of mine to see the Church of England step up to the plate and take on the challenges of Morden Christians of England. As I live near a battle site that Oliver Cromwell fought at and he is written in to English history of that battle as a hero, I've had more than a passing interest in his life. But it is only now at the age of 48yrs old that I'm beginning to become aware of the atrocious killings of many Irish catholic men and women. I've always wondered what caused the heartless slaying of our own kind back in the civil war, why their was so much persecution of the common man, and why myself as a white English Protestant feel ashamed at times at some of our history. What I never learned at school is that during these medieval and right up into the 19th century times, a second book was chained to the alter. In fact this second book was often called the common mans bible and considered uncouth for the highly educated. It was the second most read book in the land. This book was written by a man named John Foxe and was commonly referred to as “ The book of martyrs” its contents were spread throughout the land and as I said it was preached to the ears of the commonfolk of England. The message in this book was of martyrdom and dying for Jesus Christ. The common folk of England believed that this martyrdom was Devine and gave the sacrifice of their lives. They genuinely believed that if they did not kill Catholics, they would be murdered. Just to be clear here the English people honestly believed they were fighting evil. In the times that they lived death for heresy and religious extremism was rife, people were butchered for being catholic and the common folk who were afraid or didn't want to be killed joined the Church of England. In the Church of England the people of the land were fed the book of Martyrs. So why did people start murdering each other and hating each other? Because someone allowed the words of men into a church and decreed it Devine in a very underhand way. I lay the bloodshed and guilt of the last four centuries right back where it belongs, with the head of the church and I genuinely believe that the monarchy that is still alive and well prospering from their murderous history should hold their hands up and apologise to the people of Ireland and Catholics worldwide.Also apologise to the very people that committed these crimes against life, thinking that they would be saved!The people of England that have supported the monarchs church for over 500 years. I'd like to see if the great Church of England would hold up its hands and admit it was preaching the views and stories of men for centuries and causing them to give up their lives for a book that didn't even come from God! It had a very political agenda. Can a church continue with this history behind it? Why should the common man of England carry this cross for a false message? How many of our Irish brothers and sisters were murdered to please our monarchy? The Church of England is around 600 years old, from its early inception right up and into the 19th century it preached hatred of Catholics, so 400 years of hate preaching out of its 600 of existing? Surely this church must be disbanded? How can a man be unioned with his wife in such a place of bloodshed and death? How should we uphold our values of Christ if our churches history was a lie?