1. Why did the Roman Catholic Church consider the sin of blasphemy a sign of social disorder, capable of threatening the moral foundation of colonial society? In formulating your answer please define blasphemy, discuss how the Holy Office of the Inquisition prosecuted cases of blasphemy, explain which social groups tended to blaspheme, and why blasphemy prosecutions tended to decline during the eighteenth century. Please make reference to the book by Javier Villa Flores.(dangerous speech:A Social History of Blasphemy in Colonial Mexico)
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