Ctalan,Your statements are historically inaccurate,1. The Library of Alexandria was not destroyed by Christians (this is an unsubstantiated myth). In fact, many of the works were preserved and dutifully translated by Christian scholars and monks.2. "The Mayan book burning" is also an unsubstantiated load of tosh, as the evidence we do have suggests that much of their holy literature was destroyed not at the hands of some phantom Catholic priest but by Mayan peasants rebelling against the elites of their society (their priest caste being among that class).3. The slaughter of the Cathars was a geo-political struggle, and the nobles who supported the Cathars were the ones who started it (and the peasants followed suit). It doesn't make the slaughter "just" or "right" and I do agree that it was terrible. But it was no holy struggle. It was an act by secular powers to halt rebellious nobles and peasants who would run to them.4. Your vague numbers that you pull out of thin air do not impress me. http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/DBG.TAB3.1.GIFhttp://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/NOTE5.HTM5. If we were in such a "Dark Age" before the Reformation, explain why it was the Church that preserved, translated, and distributed centuries worth of Pagan literature. Explain why it was the Medieval Church that gave birth to the Scientific Method. Explain why it was the Church who created the modern University system. If the Church was so busy crushing the freedom to think and explore and to practice science, please explain the work of Albertus Magnus, Robert Grosseteste, Roger Bacon, John Peckham, Duns Scotus, Thomas Bradwardine, Walter Burley, William Heytesbury, Richard Swineshead, John Dumbleton, Richard of Wallingford, Nicholas Oresme, Jean Buridan and Nicholas of Cusa (just to name a few)Allow me to answer for you: because the Church is not the caricature you made it out to be. 6. Once again, your vague plead to "countless innocents slain" (this time flavored as "pagans murdered by the score") is so general that it actually borders on parody. If there was any real impetus behind pagan/christian violence it is more a political matter than any other. Allow me to illustrate this point using a well known historical figure: Hypatia.The following link contains a nine-part essay on the subject of Christian/Pagan violence in Alexandria: http://m-francis.livejournal.com/159500.htmlMy point (at last!): The Roman Catholic Church is not a perfect institution. I don't even agree with much of it's theology or policies (I am not Catholic myself).But to rail against it as some kind of all consuming, monolithic force of unspeakable evil is wrongheaded indeed. The crimes you accuse the RCC of are not unique to that institution. They are flaws inherent when the desire for material power corrupts any system. But is it a fault of the belief system? Is Christianity evil because there are some who have used it to mask their cruel ambitions? No. Is Communism inherently evil simply because those who have used it before have crushed religious beliefs, butchered children, and murdered homosexuals? No. Is Islam inherently evil simply because a handful of political opportunists use it to garner power for themselves? No.Never confuse the ideology, for the actions of those who USE and TWIST an ideology for an ulterior motive. As this young man said so well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kB-5Srv05M"Religion is a response to revelation. Some respond by making the world better. Some respond by making it worse. This is true of both religious and secular revelations. The belief isn't the problem. We are."Given the continued growth, proliferation and evolution of religious beliefs on this planet, and given the fact that on their own, such beliefs are actually very helpful for both individuals and society as a whole (read David Sloan Wilson's book, "Darwin's Cathedral" for a secular view on this idea), it is very likely that we will encounter a race that has religious beliefs of some kind. In sharing our ideologies and beliefs with them, we shall grow as a race and as a galactic community.The truth is the real terror is hate. The real arbiter of ignorance is hate. I suggest that you be very of wary of such poison. As it can consume ANYONE. ------------------------------Sources:1. http://www.bede.org.uk/literature.htm#magichttp://www.bede.org.uk/library.htm2.The Fall of the Ancient Maya: Solving the Mystery of the Maya Collapse. David L. Webster. London: Thames and Hudson.3. Heresies of the High Middle Ages, Walter Wakefield and Austin P. Evans. Columbia University Press 4. http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/welcome.html5. God's Philosophers, James Hannam. Icon Books Ltd. 6. http://m-francis.livejournal.com/159500.html7. Darwin's Cathedral, David Sloan Wilson. University of Chicago Press.
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