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  1. I believe "Judeo-Christian" is a modern (post-1920s) construction. Nobody from 100 to 1900 talked about "Judeo-Christian values." The main appeal of Christianity is that they were better than the Jews. They were the real chosen people, not the Jews. They (in their minds) triumphed over the Jews. The Bible was written by Jews for Jews. Unfortunately, they made the serious error of evangelizing (never a good idea), and brought in some Greeks and Latins ("Gentiles") to the fold at a certain point. After awhile, some of this faction decided that while the texts themselves were pretty
  2. I haven't read the book, but I think about this subject often. A big part of the problem, in my opinion, is the interpretation of who "the founders" of the United States are, and the decision to omit the previous 170 years of social evolution from the discussion, as if that epoch was irrelevant to what happened in the 1770s-80s. Some of the early migrants to North America were leaving England or Holland for religious reasons. The Separatists ("Pilgrims") left Holland, where there was religious toleration, for Plymouth, along with other non-members of their sect. The Separatists we
  3. The colonists' rebellion was illegal. But they never agreed to be militarily occupied after the French and Indian War concluded. Those kinds of things tend to stir resentment toward authority. Resentment translates into political action, and political action sometimes cannot be resolved through peaceful means.
  4. "The Confederacy" was an illegal enterprise. Statehood was granted to each new state by the original 13 states with the legal agreement that they would exist as singular political bodies subservient to the supremacy clause of the Constitution. The moment that a "Confederacy" was formed, they had broken the law and they no longer had any rights. You arrest people who break the law, or else the law is rendered meaningless.
  5. I get the impression that most American Christians believe in "the elect" theology, whether or not they belong to a "Calvinist" sect, or even know what Calvinism is.
  6. That's my perspective as well. The Bible is basically just Hellenized "Epic of Gilgamesh" fan fiction, plus some pseudo-philosophy from some eccentric people. The kind of stuff Jörg Lanz von Liebenfels would have written if he'd lived in ancient times.
  7. The Gospel of Mark doesn't read like oral history at all. He's just intertextually re-writing Greek Old Testament stories with some Homeric bits. And if the other gospels take Mark as their base text, that means they aren't oral history either. All religions consist of made-up stories intended to keep people in awe. Christianity's no different.
  8. The most surprising aspect of the Bible is that a significant number of people were willing to go to the trouble of copying it down, word for word, year after year, century after century. Why? Why did people allow the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Enuma Elish to fade into dust, forgotten, but not the Bible? Texts live a very fragile existence. It's astonishing that people didn't simply give up copying it down at a certain point. The second most significant aspect of the Bible is that non-Jews were strongly attracted to it, even though it is clearly written solely for Jews. That's very
  9. It isn't surprising that 1 Corinthians 13 is cited so often, as it is one of the very few passages in the entire New Testament that has any philosophic or literary value. That's not very impressive when you consider that Shakespeare, for example, has hundreds of passages of profound meaning, and he wasn't claiming to be a god or inspired by a god. 98% of the Pauline epistles sounds like they were written in a lunatic asylum by a deranged psychopath. It's cultic psycho-babble meant to instill fear, paranoia and guilt on the reader or listener.
  10. The author certainly makes it clear that fundamentalist Christianity = political conservatism. The Senate majority is Republicans, and Republicans are the instruments of God's will.
  11. This sums it all up beautifully. The evolution from "Invisible people in the sky" to "fewer invisible people in the sky" = "rationalism" to primitive modern minds. This is probably the biggest delusion of all.
  12. That's pretty scary to think about.
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