Juan Gines de Sepulveda

A Quote by Juan Gines de Sepulveda on blessings, doubt, genius, humanity, men, people, perspective, posterity, prudence, and religion

In Spain in the meantime, Aristotelian scholar Juan Gines de Sepulveda was putting the impolitic moralizing of Las Casas into proper perspective for posterity: "Compare then the blessings enjoyed by Spaniards of prudence, genius, magnanimity, temperance, humanity, and religion with those of the little men [the Indians] in whom you will scarcely find even vestiges of humanity. . . . How can we doubt that these people - so uncivilized, so barbaric, contaminated with so many impieties and obscenities - have been justly conquered?

Juan Gines de Sepulveda

Source: Democrates alter sive de justis belli causis apud Indios, 1547

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