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In this light, Christian teaching is progressive (or even socialistic).

Which is why I think Christianity -- despite all the savage devastation and malicious suffering its proponents, standardbearers and institutions have wrought on the world -- nevertheless remains one of the foundations of what is best in Western society:  recognition of, compassion for, and respect for the intrinsic "value" of each individual, and the common humanity of all people transcending, even outdating, national, tribal, class, ethnic identity, etc.

Truth unfolds in time through a communal process.

by marco on Fri Nov 9th, 2007 at 02:12:47 AM EST
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Between Jesus Christ and a believer, there is a whole row of apostles, popes, evangelists and political figures.
by das monde on Fri Nov 9th, 2007 at 03:42:05 AM EST
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Which is why I think Christianity -- despite all the savage devastation and malicious suffering its proponents, standardbearers and institutions have wrought on the world -- nevertheless remains one of the foundations of what is best in Western society:

i couldn't agree more, bruno-ken.

it makes it more the pity how shamefully we live up to the teachings of one we profess to revere.

most kids growing up see little to relate to in 2000-year-old tales of a magical shepherd.

and while rome purports to have locked up the franchise, it's memorable the hand that empire had in our hero's downfall.

he who dared take the religion of his desert forefathers and try to transform it into a religion of compassion and softness, to replace the warrior/refugee/victim code with something truly universal, pure acceptance, understanding and love...

it's still the greatest idea ever, and still has the same forces arraigned and allied against it...  religions with no mercy, and political/business interests which have harnessed the doglike devotion of the duped and ignorant to help foster and buttress institutionalized injustice, racism and exploitation of the many weak for the benefit of an amoral, and often immoral few.

plus ca change...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Nov 11th, 2007 at 09:57:31 AM EST
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