Joseph McCabe (1867-1955) was one of the most prolific authors of all time. He was brought up as a Roman Catholic, worked on Latin documents, and made himself very well-informed about Christianity, but turned against it. But he was extremely naive about Jews; bear this in mind.

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Visigoths

J. McCabe, Rationalists Encyclopaedia

Visigoths, The. The "Western Goths," who settled in Spain (and formed the first Spanish Christian civilization). Their settlement is of interest in contrast to that of the Ostrogoths [see], who made a noble attempt to preserve or restore the old civilization in Italy. The latter were Arians, and very independent of the Popes, who, in conjunction with the Greeks, destroyed their work. The kingdom founded by the Visigoths, who became Trinitarians in communion with Rome and were very priest-ridden, was corrupt and unprogressive. It is enough that in the eighth century a force of about 10,000 Arabs and Berbers crossed from Africa and conquered the entire peninsula, except a narrow fringe on the shore of the Bay of Biscay, in a few years.

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