Class Warfare Blog

November 19, 2017

A Kinder, Gentler Religion … Not

Christianity is now described in the most cushiony of terms: it is peaceful, it is love, it embraces you as a mother would a child. Jesus is the Prince of Peace, is … love! But at its core … ?

There are a number of problems with this kinder, gentler portrayal of Christianity:
1.  Christianity gives, in no uncertain terms, man dominion over women. The effects of this have been 2000 years of male oppression of women in the Christian world. If you think we have grown out of this, read the news.
2. Christianity gives “man” dominion over the Earth. This assertion has lead to environmental disaster. This continues at a greater and greater pace.
3. Christianity gives adults dominion over children. Child abuse, even child sexual abuse, is not even mentioned in the Bible, for example.
4. Christianity gives “man” dominion over animals.
4. Christianity gives “man” dominion over slaves, aka other human beings (including those of their own tribe designated as slaves).

Chistianity is not alone in these “givings” as they are shared with many other religions, but not all (Jainism comes to mind). What if, instead of dominion, “man” were to have been given stewardship over the Earth and women and children? Conditions of that stewardship could have been spelled out clearly: that man was to be a protector of those, rather than to lord over them. Would that have made a difference? What if the clergy were given the stewardship of the welfare of all of “their flock” (like any good shepherd), rather than of just our “immortal souls?” What if all human beings were be treated with respect and never enslaved?

These provisions would have had dire consequences for the future of Christiainity, surely making it unsuitable to become the state religion of Rome and hence, consigning it to the rubbish heap of history, but we can dream of a better world and how it could be or have been created.

Why is Christianity and its Jewish roots so adamant about who controls what?

When you adopt the viewpoint that all religions are instruments of social control, especially of the masses for the benefit of the elites, it makes much more sense.

It is elites who wanted the dominion, not the 90+% of the population who are sterilely referred to as farmers or peasants (actually slaves and serfs). Those lesser beings had not the power to exert dominion over much of anything, maybe a few animals in a pen. In any case if the religious had any qualms about subjegating animals, or other human beings, they need not worry as it is warranted in their scripture and there were plenty of propagandists ready to point that out … over and over and over.

A kinder, gentler religion? Not Christianity, because at its core is dominion, not peace, not love. And if you do not believe so, there are threats, dire threats, to make you believe.

Addendum
Twenty-five years ago this month, more than 1,500 prominent scientists, including over half of the living Nobel laureates, issued a manifesto titled “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity” in which they admonished, “A great change in our stewardship of the earth and the life on it is required if vast human misery is to be avoided and our global home on this planet is not to be irretrievably mutilated.” They cited stresses on the planet’s atmosphere, forests, oceans and soils, and called on everybody to act decisively. “No more than one or a few decades remain,” the scientists wrote, “before the chance to avert the threats we now confront will be lost.”

Which U.S. political party opposes action on this front? Is it the more Christian of the two major political parties? Are you surprised? I am not.

7 Comments »

  1. Of course they don’t care. After all, the Second Coming and the Apocalypse are going to happen anytime now. Could happen any day now. Who need stewardship when the Millienium is just around the corner!

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    Comment by Holding The Line In Florida — November 19, 2017 @ 9:32 am | Reply

  2. And the band played on…

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    Comment by john zande — November 19, 2017 @ 11:28 am | Reply

    • You got it! And the crazy thing is the elites left it in our hands to continue the system. Every generation raises zealots to carry the standard for the generation. It is self-propagating propaganda!

      On Sun, Nov 19, 2017 at 11:28 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — November 19, 2017 @ 12:25 pm | Reply

  3. Keep saying it enough and it must be true. Skim over the incriminating parts because that was then. Times are changed. Sugar on a turd

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    Comment by jiminpanama — November 19, 2017 @ 12:03 pm | Reply

    • Sugar on a turd! LOL! I hadn’t heard that one, but it is good. I had heard “polishing a turd” so I am not entirely fecally challenged!

      ;o)

      On Sun, Nov 19, 2017 at 12:03 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — November 19, 2017 @ 12:26 pm | Reply

  4. Dominion implies power. Remember not that long ago, Pirelli tire ran a series of ads on the idiot box (TV) where they ad said; “Power is nothing without control”? Now of course being a tire company, they meant you should buy the tires they make to have control of your high powered car. The church, all varieties (my own opinion) loves being in control of the power.
    Yes, I was taught by my grandparents and my dad that we ARE supposed to be good stewards of this planet. Ah, the joys (not) of being old.

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    Comment by Walter Kronkat — November 19, 2017 @ 2:01 pm | Reply

  5. Hell no I’m not surprised! I’ve been watching this play out too. Thank you for putting it so well. 🙂

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    Comment by shelldigger — November 19, 2017 @ 6:14 pm | Reply


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