The early days of Christianity were not especially pleasant for its participants, apparently. The Roman authorities were not pleased that Christians were touting a new god that was alleged to override those they had invented, and the Jews who didn’t recognize this alleged Messiah weren’t having any that this new cult was selling, either. It was Rome, though, that got particularly exercised over this emerging religion, though. Consequences ranging from forced participation in gladiatorial…Continue
The following is an old blog from Atheist Nexus, around October of 2015. I think the topic material is still very relevant to the here and now, though.
How many times have we heard it? “I’m not religious, but I am spiritual.” To this day, while the intent if not the meaning of that phrase is at least vaguely understood, there should be another way to express it. I suspect that a goodly number of the people on this planet have…
...they [the Roman Catholic Church] for example thought that slavery was perfectly fine... absolutely okay, and then they didn't, and what is the point of the Catholic Church if it says, “oh well we couldn't know better because nobody else did”? [To the affirmative team] Then what are you for?!
-- Stephen Fry, answering a question during the 2009 Intelligence Squared debate, “Is the Catholic Church a force for good in the world?”
Of course, slavery was okay…
Words are subtle and powerful things. Ten billion different things can be said with words, from rage to romance, with a multidimensional gradient of meanings and emotions in between those two markers. There are big words and small words out there: tiny little one- and two- and three- and four-letter words which will be a first-grader’s initial exposure to language learning, then two- and three- and four- and five-syllable verbal jaw breakers which will be the attention-getters, that mark…Continue