Uncommon Sense

November 24, 2021

Archeology and Propaganda

Filed under: Culture,History,Morality,Reason — Steve Ruis @ 10:29 am

I am told, in an article in The Guardian, that a new book telling the story of the painstaking process to preserve the 1,200-year-old Faddan More Psalter is coming out.

Imagine a book dropped into an Irish bog and then being dug up 1200 years later. Yes, it was more than a bit of a mess, but some of it survived, and a conservator took years in finding what could be found. For example, the leather cover had a papyrus lining, which means it was probably created in Egypt.

Not mentioned in the article I read is that this book was a propaganda tool of an invading religion, working to destroy all of the native Irish religions. Not mentioning this is like writing a review of Mein Kampf and not mentioning WW2 or the Holocaust.

Christians have felt justified for millennia in invading foreign countries and “proselytizing,” that is setting up their religion to vanquish the religions already in place. We look at these invaders, who are “on mission,” as being good people doing good things. But ask the Native Americans how they felt about invading “settlers” taking over the land and instituting Christianity in exchange. African Americans were brought to this country in the millions and then systematically stripped of their families, their cultures, their religions, and their dignity, and of course their freedom, and were paid with “the Baby Jesus.” The devotion of present day African Americans to their Christian Churches is perplexing, considering those churches supported their ancestors enslavement (and Jim Crow, and . . .).

As an archeology fan boy, I like to see antiquities recovered from their supposed graves, but they always need to be placed into their contexts, to the best of our ability. That psalter was a weapon of an invading army of Catholic Christians. Tell it like it was, not how it is now.


  1. The devotion of present day African Americans to their Christian Churches is perplexing … Indeed.

    Just one more indication of how mesmerizing the evangelists can be as they “promote” the goodness of their god while ignoring and avoiding the historical atrocities associated with their faith.

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    Comment by Nan — November 24, 2021 @ 11:11 am | Reply

    • How much members of Black Churches loves their churches is a manifestation of the Stockholm Syndrome if I remember rightly.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — November 24, 2021 @ 11:27 am | Reply

  2. Ah, but you’re forgetting that you get something in return for your suffering and submission. You will get rewarded. Well, okay, so you won’t get rewarded until after you are dead, but I’m sure they wouldn’t lie to us. Would they?

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    Comment by grouchyfarmer — November 24, 2021 @ 1:00 pm | Reply

    • Well that’s interesting. Just learned I can’t use the greater than and less than sign to enclose words and phrases or the WP editor will simply delete them. I’d inserted “sarcasm mode on” at the beginning of that and WP deleted it.


      Comment by grouchyfarmer — November 24, 2021 @ 1:03 pm | Reply

      • What “block” were you using? I use them all of the time, but I only use “Classic” blocks.


        Comment by Steve Ruis — November 26, 2021 @ 1:26 pm | Reply

        • I think WP is tinkering with the backend of the system again. I’ve also noticed a couple of other curious things going on, not bugs but changes to how the editor works. Wish they’d let me know before they start messing around with stuff.

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          Comment by grouchyfarmer — November 26, 2021 @ 10:45 pm | Reply

          • Yes. I’ve noticed a couple of “tweaks” myself. It’s soooo maddening when the “techs” think they know more about and better than what the users do!! Sorta’ like the new Win11 … which, thankfully, my computer can’t handle, but even if it could …

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            Comment by Nan — November 27, 2021 @ 11:17 am | Reply

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