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Has Christianity done more harm from its inception until now?

Asked by: paul_g
  • The history of the church speaks for itself.

    Lets let go of the last 1800 years of Christianity, that is to say let us forget witch trials, slavery, conquest (the crusades) and many other wrongs. No Christian can claim that the early church was anything more than tool for those that sought power and wealth. I'll focus on just the last 20 years. It's not good enough that people in holy orders rape and torture children, the church then systematically covers up the known abuse. Not only does this show the immorality of the church but also allows the abuse to continue for decades unabated. Yes, I know this is the Catholic Church, but being the base for all Christianity I argue for here. Next, when the church is finally exposed what does it do, turn its priest over to the law? No, it recalls them to the Vatican and offers them the protection of a Nation State. I of course refer to the former Archbishop of Boston Bernard Law. We also have the resignation of a pope that was in charge of stomping out abuse. His advice from known emails, stay silent, we can handle this inside the church. While staying on the subject of sex we'll move to Africa. To argue against the use of condoms in a world ravaged by AIDS, enough said. Christopher Hitchens said it best, "Aids is bad, but condoms are worst. What can be a more immoral statement than that." The most immoral action of the church, and indeed all religions, is its want to take away the god given (as they must believe) free will of others. They seek to impose their beliefs on all the world through laws where they can, and through intimidation where they can't. One case in the time frame I mentioned, divorce in Ireland. From 1937 on divorce was constitutionally banned in Ireland, thanks mostly to the Catholic Church (who didn't bother to ask the opinion of those non-Catholics). In 1995 people sought to have the ban lifted and it was in 1996. The Catholic Church of course went against the bill to legalize divorce, even when amazing language was offered to make still basically illegal for Catholics. The point, as I'm sure you can see, is that even with having their own believers not able to break biblical law the church was still not happy. They wanted everyone to be forced into their system of dogma. I can gladly say that in an age of human connectivity like none before I have hope, that if not in my sons time, then in his offspring's time they will see an end to the dogma and terror of religion.

  • Now a days, NO, but most of its history is bloody

    Mostly yes, but religion, like cultures grow and mature. Now a days christianity has flourished, I'm not an avid christian anyways. But today is not what it was before. It cannot be denied that the protestant reformation which primed the western world to become the dominant military, economical and technological driving force was because of christianity. The reformation lead to the industrial revolution, another good and bad time in our history. That would have been achieved without the individuality part of Christianity which was preached but seldom followed. Eventually it led to the western world we see today, a beacon for many to flee to...Although most seem blind and proud of the cultures they ran away from to survive, but that is immigration, so is for another conversation.

    Posted by: N711
  • What do you mean by Christianity?

    Christianity is centered around the teachings and life and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus is what defines Christianity, not the greed, brutality, corruption, racism, etc. of politicians and kings and rulers who gave lip service to Christianity but ignored the actual teachings of Jesus (at least when they conflicted with their political ambitions). Along the way Christian missions and evangelism got conflated with imperialism and the idea of white superiority. You'll find nothing of the sort in the actual teachings of Jesus.
    You find corruption from those who profess any worldview, including atheism. Islam has a similarly brutal history, it was just mostly confined to one region of the world. Judaism had corrupt leadership frequently, and Buddhism and Hinduism spark bouts of violence in Asia. Atheism has the regime of Stalin, as well as North Korea and China, a country which gets away with countless human rights violations even today. If you blame Christianity for the violence of professing Christians, you would have to repudiate every worldview for their professed followers' evil. Blame human greed and selfishness, not a religion that politicians abused for political and imperial gain.

  • Now a days, NO, but most of its history is bloody

    Mostly yes, but religion, like cultures grow and mature. Now a days christianity has flourished, I'm not an avid christian anyways. But today is not what it was before. It cannot be denied that the protestant reformation which primed the western world to become the dominant military, economical and technological driving force was because of christianity. The reformation lead to the industrial revolution, another good and bad time in our history. That would have been achieved without the individuality part of Christianity which was preached but seldom followed. Eventually it led to the western world we see today, a beacon for many to flee to...Although most seem blind and proud of the cultures they ran away from to survive, but that is immigration, so is for another conversation.

    Posted by: N711

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paul_g says2014-01-26T02:26:54.220
Sorry about the error in the title it should say ''more harm than good''