From: Vincent Campbell (VCampbell@dmu.ac.uk)
Date: Tue 12 Nov 2002 - 14:34:01 GMT
I realise this is a bit behind the list, and risking the wrath of the
moderator, but I can't let this go.
<I'm going to be brief Lawry, it's late and I have a long drive in
> Christ is the prince of peace. All of his teachings, as reported in the
> four Gospels, were focussed on forgiveness, tolerance, peace and
> non-violence (I'll send some references next week). The Old Testament
> however, as Wade pointed out, is full of violence, revenge, genocide,
> ethnic cleansing, prostitution, murder and war. We must be careful not to
> conflate the two main books.
> There is another section of the received texts, which are known in
> Christendom as the Bible. Amongst these 'apocryphal' texts are the
> 'Revelations of St John The Divine'. These 'Revelations' are a set of
> so-called prophecies which have induced some Christian-fundamentalists,
> those who believe every word of the bible is the true word of God, to hope
> for the 'end of the world' in their own lifetimes. These people, IMHO, are
> the most terrifying terrorists of all. The fundamentalist's Cannon is a
> WMD. They are willing to foment death and misery so that they can
> personally see God coming in his glory.>
Jesus was a freedom fighter, rebelling against roman rule and the Judean elites pandering to the Romans. Believing what's in the gospels to be in any way accurate in terms of actions or intent around what actually happened 200 years ago would be like believing a biography of Hitler written by Joseph Goebbels. It's also as selective as the decisions about which books of the Bible are "true" and which are dubbed "apocryphal".
Since so many of the contributors to this regard religions, in some way, or
other, as amongst the most pervasive and dangerous of memes I'd be wary of
making comments the second line of your point here.
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