Wednesday, May 25, 2011 6:54:55 AM
I remember watching "The Happening" (I think that's what it`s called - Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschannel running away from a wind or dying bees or something).
I thought from the ads it would be some great psychological thriller or something, but it just turned out to be some environmental preach at the end. F uckng awful director. It`s true what they say about his films: you watch and wonder what`s happening, then get to the end and just go "...Wha? Well that was crap".
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 5:51:04 PM
Some charities were started by Christians, which isn't the same thing as being a Christian charity. Some charities are rooted in Christianity and some of those don`t use charity as a tool for preaching.
On the other hand, there`s all that war, torture, hatred and oppression.
Overall, I think the bad outweighs the good when you`re looking at the effects of Christianity over time as well as the effects of religion overall over time. I still make my original statement:
I`m certainly opposed to most of the effects religion has on the world. It`s usually a polarising force that promotes conflict, stifles thought and diminishes freedom. It`s arbritary and amoral. It`s too powerful because it attaches ultimate authority to people and hardly anyone is up to that.
The last part of that isn`t exactly true for religions that don`t have an ultimate authority, but they all allocate an authority above all people and that works just as well.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 5:43:35 PM
Angilion: Other than the Constantine era Roman Empire and the crusades, of the early Catholic church, Churches have stayed out of wars. Kings and Emperors started most of the wars.
And religion was one of the major factors in that. Religion is not only about churches.
[quote]But let's be clear here, buddhists, hindus, sikhs, mulims, and others religions have not only waged religious wars on each other but within their own religions as well.[/quote]
As has Christianity, only more so. Right from the beginning, with wars against heretics. Of course, each side regarded the other as heretics. The more power Christianity had, the more intra-Christian warring went on. It was the driving force behind centuries of wars in Europe, Britain and Ireland.
[quote]Christianity however is living up to Jesus` commandment that we love one another as he loved us.[/quote]
So huge amounts of Christianity isn`t Christianity. I`m not convinced.