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I say nothing of the moral difficulties and perversions involved in revelation itself; though even in the Christianity of the Gospels, at least in its ordinary interpretation, there are some that are so flagrant that they almost outweigh all the beauty and benignity and moral greatness that so clearly distinguish the sayings and character of Christ ... Is there any moral atrocity that couldn’t be justified by the imitation of such a Deity? And could we possibly adore such a being without frightfully distorting the standard of right and wrong? Any other of the outrages to the most ordinary justice and humanity involved in the common Christian idea of God’s moral character sinks into insignificance beside this dreadful Hell-focused idealization of wickedness. John Stuart Mill, The Usefulness of Religion 1874
313 A.D. Constantine would sign the Edict of Milan granting tolerance and protection to Christians. A Lamp in the Dark – The Untold History of the Bible, 2010
If Constantine were a true believer, how could he turn and persecute other Christians? ibid.
Many Christians saw in this new system an apostate union between the Church and the Powers of the World. ibid.
Dominic along with Pope Innocent III were the two original founders of Rome’s most dreadful engine – terror and destruction. ibid.
The complete annihilation of Catholicism, and even ultimately of Christianity. It is necessary to seek a remedy. Very well a remedy is at hand. The Pope ... will never enter into a secret society. It therefore becomes the duty of the secret societies to make the first advance to the Church and the Pope with the object of conquering both. Nubius, 1818
For example, if you touch Mafia people, you’ll touch DC people. And touching Christian Democrats, you touch Church people. Corleone VI starring Caludio Gioe & Daniele Liotti & Simona Cavallari & Marco Leonardi & Salvatore Lazzaro & Marco Leonardi & Alfredo Pea et al, rozzer to rozzer
Sometimes you can’t tell the Christians from the lion. Hustle 1975 starring Burt Reynolds & Catherine Deneuve & Ben Johnson & Paul Winfield & Eileen Brennan & Eddie Albert & Ernest Borgnine & Jack Carter & Colleen Brennan & James Hampton & Catherine Bach et al, director Robert Aldrich, Reynolds
This new religion was undercover and banned in the Roman empire. Neil Oliver, Sacred Wonders of Britain III, BBC 2014
Christian missionaries were streaming into the country. Bettany Hughes, Seven Ages of Britain 410 A.D. – 1066 A.D. Channel 4 2003
It was in what is now western Turkey that the Mary cult started to become a global phenomenon. A special devotion grew up around her to replace the old pagan goddesses like Diana or Artemis. In church doctrine she went from being the mere mother of Jesus to ... the Mother of God. This incredible clout was reinforced by the building of churches devoted to her and the dissemination of her image all over Byzantium, the Christian Roman empire in the east. Bettany Hughes, The Bible, Channel 4 2010
But from around the year 600 the Anglo-Saxon tribes began to be converted to Christianity by missionaries from Rome and saints from Ireland and the west. Michael Wood, The Great British Story: A People’s History 1/8: Britannia, BBC 2012
An odd eastern cult called Christianity. Julian Richards, Stories from the Dark Earth: Meet the Ancestors Revisited: Pagans of Roman Britain, BBC 2013
The powerful but misguided esoteric movements of today such as freemasonry and the Illuminati hold to the belief that the Jesus of Christianity is in reality a representation of the Sun or astrological personification, and that Christianity is a later distortion or forgery that plagiarised from previous cults. This is why you see so many attacks upon Christianity in our day. Keith Thompson, Where the Rabbit Hole Ends
Many of the leading anti-New-World Order researchers are actually deceivers and liars working with the New World Order to further the plan to make a one-world new-age religion, humanist utopia – removing Christianity from the face of the earth. However, this utopia that is promised will result in a one-world fascist dictatorship. Keith Thompson, The Coming New-Age One-World Religion
Secret societies have been around almost as long as man. The early Christians for instance were a secretive cult themselves, undermining the government of Church and State. They adhered to secret forms of communication, rituals and were regressive in their rise to power. Philip Gardiner, Angels, Demons and Freemasons
Drinking beer is easy. Trashing your hotel room is easy. But being a Christian, that’s a tough call. That’s real rebellion. Alice Cooper
I am a Christian. That obliges me to be a Communist. George Bernard Shaw
Traditional Christianity, that institutional form of Christianity is probably dying ... We’ve blessed slavery with the Christian scriptures, we’ve blessed anti-Semitism with the Christian scriptures, we stood by and watched Hitler destroy six million Jews, and then we were negative about women, and then we were negative about gay people, and we’ve been negative about left-handed people, we’ve been negative about mentally ill people, and we’ve been negative about divorced people, the Church has victimised a great many people in this world. Rt Reverend John Shelby Spong, New Jersey March 2007, interview Bruce Burgess, Bloodline
No more than 40 years ago, the subjects of Christianity anti-Semitism and the Christian sources of anti-Semitism were generally considered taboo. Many even denied that Christian anti-Semitism existed, seeing anti-Semitism as a non-Christian production, if not just a creation of the Jews. In recent years, research on the Holocaust, together with a growing tolerance for discussion within the churches, has revealed the crucial role played by the Church in the persecution of Jews in Christendom. Study of Christian anti-Semitism and its roots is not merely of academic interest; at bottom, Christian-Jewish relations – be they with Catholic, Protestants, or Fundamentalists – is about Christian anti-Semitism, and about efforts on the part of Christians to remove the stain of anti-Semitism. Jerome A Chanes, Associated Executive Direction of the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, A Dark Side: Anti-Semitism Through the Ages p29
I’m on a journey around the Mediterranean following in the footsteps of a man who 2,000 years ago travelled more than 10,000 miles around the Roman world on foot and many many more by sea. David Sutchet: In the Footsteps of St Paul I, BBC 2012
To others he is the preacher of prejudices that have echoed down through history. ibid.
Paul was Christianity’s first international ambassador. ibid.
Jerusalem fell under direct rule of the Roman empire: the Jews never accepted the Roman occupation. ibid.
They would lay waste to the city … they massacred everyone they found. ibid.
The Jesus Movement threatened everything Paul held most dear. ibid.
Observance of the law was everything to Saul. ibid.
By dropping the need to become a Jew first. ibid.
Paul had set now himself on a collision course with the leadership of the Jesus Movement in Jerusalem. ibid.
The conflict was resolved in Paul’s favour … ‘what counts is the new creation’. ibid.
A key moment in the evolution of Christianity … the whole gentile world now lay before Paul. ibid.
His message put people’s livelihoods at risk. ibid.
A man of contrasts and confusions. David Suchet: In the Footsteps of St Paul II, BBC 2012
For Paul this is a desperate race against time – to convert non-believers to Jesus before the end of the world arrives. ibid.