December 17th, 2006

Alrighty then - here it goes.

I know that there are a large number of Christian people who read this blog and consider me a friend, either in real time or here on EmoLiveJournal. It's no secret that I am not a fan of religion, Christianity's Catholic faction in particular, and I have a lifetime of reasons for it. I've had issues in the past with people who felt a need to convert me to their way of thinking in order to even accept me in conversation, and these sorts of people fail to understand that such things are not going to fly. Not just the door-to-door proselytizers, I always invite them in and offer something to drink and a snack if I have one and then have a conversation about religion and state my oppositions clearly and concisely in a nonthreatning and respectful manner. I have the luxury of knowing people on LJ and in my personal life who are devoutly religious and although I couldn't be any further from that thinking, I'm still appreciated and loved and respected as a human and as a friend because we're NOT the labels we wear, we're NOT the designs for living we choose, and there are many variables in life. This isn't a totalitarian state (not yet, anyway) wherein faith rules the land and dictates your thoughts and such, there is nothing tantamount to Sharia law here in the US - though the fundamentalist factions of Christianity would have us there if they stood any opportunity to bring it into fruition.

I find hypocrisy staggering and the refusal to question unacceptable, which is why I am the lone atheist in a family of devout believers. We never see eye to eye, because no matter how much I accept them as individuals in spite of our differences I'm always looked down upon because there's a truth I don't find that meets with their worldview - something I am denying just to spite them, their delicate sensibilities cannot handle anything but carbon copies of themselves. Religious superiority. I suppose it is only fair to be forthright in stating that I believe as an atheist that I am truly more evolved than they are, if only because I have no need or desire to tear their belief systems down in order to accept them. I can embrace them wholly as individuals without requiring them to be of a similar mindset to my own and not have to hold them at arms length based on such things. It's just my lot in life and I accepted it long ago so this is no big deal to me. Sooner or later I get "You need to get right with God" or "You're just rebelling against God because of X reason or Y reason, you'll see the truth one of these days". I think my father and oldest brother (practicing Catholic) are the only two that are evolved enough to find respect in my 10+ years of independent theological study and have a healthy measure of respect for WHY I believe as I do. They disagree with me wholly in the broadest senses of religion and its benefits versus its costs to humanity, but at least they come to hear me out when I point out inaccuracies and contradictions as part of the basis for my lack of faith, and the invariable failure of the concepts of religion and God to meet my standards of logic and reason. It all falls apart like a virus under ultraviolet light, something so seemingly perfect and methodical and complex just torn into pieces when you shine a certain light on it. I can only get so far in conversations with them, because once the wheels start to turn and actual ponderance and consideration for finding even a modicum of truth or logic/reason in what I have to say enters into it, they begin to question and that is when the walls come slamming down. Challenges of faith are difficult to reconcile, I suppose because for the religious mind it creates guilt and some kind of interpreted betrayal against God. I don't pretend to understand that, but I can at least see how powerful it is in one's heart and mind.

So here I've found a good bit of backstory to support why I think Christianity is such an unhealthy thing in my view - histrionically speaking, that is. Read and keep an open mind. I issue no challenges to anyone's faith, just presenting the things I don't believe many people consider about the history of certain branches of religious faith.

A religion of peace my ASS.
How many people have been killed by Christians since Biblical times?

by Kelsos

Listed are only events that solely occurred on command of church authorities or were committed in the name of Christianity. (List incomplete)

Ancient Pagans
* As soon as Christianity was legal (315), more and more pagan temples were destroyed by Christian mob. Pagan priests were killed.
* Between 315 and 6th century thousands of pagan believers were slain.
* Examples of destroyed Temples: the Sanctuary of Aesculap in Aegaea, the Temple of Aphrodite in Golgatha, Aphaka in Lebanon, the Heliopolis.
* Christian priests such as Mark of Arethusa or Cyrill of Heliopolis were famous as “temple destroyer.” [DA468]
* Pagan services became punishable by death in 356. [DA468]
* Christian Emperor Theodosius (408-450) even had children executed, because they had been playing with remains of pagan statues. [DA469]
According to Christian chroniclers he “followed meticulously all Christian teachings…”
* In 6th century pagans were declared void of all rights.
* In the early fourth century the philosopher Sopatros was executed on demand of Christian authorities. [DA466]
* The world famous female philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria was torn to pieces with glass fragments by a hysterical Christian mob led by a Christian minister named Peter, in a church, in 415.
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