UCLA Prof. Teo Ruiz Reflects on the Terror of History through Renaissance Witch Hunts

March 9, 2016

In a March 6th presentation at the Center for Inquiry in L.A., distinguished UCLA Prof. Teo Ruiz told a packed house of 75 how 100,000 people - mostly elderly women - were burned at the stake or hung as alleged witches in alliance with Satan to destroy Christian society in early Modern Europe. Ruiz, who received a National Humanities Medal from Pres. Obama in 2012, told the audience that these “witches” became scapegoats during Europe’s most productive period in cultural and scientific achievements as even scholars created a discourse of persecution and fear-mongering among the people.

Following his talk, attendees bought copies of Ruiz’s book, The Terror of History: On the Uncertainties of Life in Western Civilization, which he signed before joining some for lunch and more conversation.

Teo Ruiz autographing books at CFI-L.A.