Dean Dowling is a retired physics lecturer (Ballarat University).
The book he is displaying is The Malleus Maleficarum (The Hammer for Witches) originally written in 1486.
During a question session after a public debate between a philosopher and a Catholic scholar at Adelaide University in April, Mr Dowling held up the book and criticized church-approved attrocities.
Mr Dowling's Investigator input to date has consisted of skeptical material on the Bible and Christianity:
Christian Morality No. 68 pp 22-27
Virgin Birth, Resurrection, Angels, 72 Hours No. 69 p 44
Witch-Hunts And The Christian Mentality No. 71 pp 52-58
( Investigator 73, 2000 July)