RELIGIOUS apologists ignore facts about the true origins of their dogmas, especially Christians, rather than admit to cleverly made-up history.
With the possible exception of evangelicals, the doom of dogmatic religious organizations is already well progressed.
Recognizing this, the cover of a 2009 Newsweek featured an article by Jon Meacham titled “The Decline and Fall of Christian America.”
The subhead declares: “The percentage of self-identified Christians has fallen 10 points in the past two decades. How that statistic explains who we are now — and what, as a nation, we are about to become.” And this was a study done seven years ago!
So popular was the article, bloggers noted, it was forced to disable comments. Jon Meacham’s controversial theme, The End of Christian America, reportedly received over 5,000 comments making the Newsweek site “wobbly.” Religion and religious ideas have always tended towards radicalism, and are still highly charged in the USA, especially with current rise in Islamic extremism.
For all the bloody details see columnist Colleen Raezler’s article “For the media, it’s un-Holy Week” where she commented the “The Washington Post/Newsweek blog ‘On Faith’ featured a post that belittled the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection.”
“The Discovery Channel aired a documentary that painted Jesus as little more than an opportunistic politician who caught a bad break in a trial.”
In radical Islam such a statement today about Muhammad might cost you your head and maybe several other body parts.
Theosophy’s chief exponent. H. P. Blavatsky, though, never softened her criticism of the faults especially of what she called “Churchianity.” She alerts readers to her opinions in her first major work Isis Unveiled (Preface Vol 2):
“is in particular directed against theological Christianity, the chief opponent of free thought.” One can only dare imagine what her comments might be today.
One of Mme. Blavatsky’s Teachers, an Eastern Master, in a highly relevant statement wrote: “the followers of Christ and those of Mahomet are cutting each others’ throats in the names of and for the greater glory of their respective myths.” (Mahatma Letters) This was written in the late 19th Century! Religious bigotry and violence are apparently very difficult to eliminate.
Je Suis Godefroy Troude, demonstrators on night of the Charlie Hebdo attack.
In January 2015, 11 people were killed and as many wounded at a hate shooting against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a media organization that lampooned Islam the Prophet Muhammad. (Wikipedia)
H. P. Blavatsky’s Master in “Our Ideas on Evil” prophetically wrote:
“I will point out the greatest, the chief cause of nearly two thirds of the evils that pursue humanity ever since that cause became a power. It is religion under whatever form and in whatsoever nation.”
“It is the sacerdotal caste, the priesthood and the churches; it is in those illusions that man looks upon as sacred … that multitude of evils which is the great curse of humanity and that almost overwhelms mankind.”
“Ignorance created Gods and cunning took advantage of the opportunity. Look at India and look at Christendom and Islam, at Judaism and Fetichism. It is priestly imposture that rendered these Gods so terrible to man;
“it is religion that makes of him the selfish bigot, the fanatic that hates all mankind out of his own sect without rendering him any better or more moral for it.”
“It is belief in God and Gods that makes two-thirds of humanity the slaves of a handful of those who deceive them under the false pretense of saving them.”
For a sobering timeline of terrorist incidents which took place in the first half of 2016, including attacks by violent non-state actors for political or unknown motives, go to: Wikipedia