Commentary on the Bible and Christianity As a literary monument the Bible is of much later

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Commentary on the Bible and Christianity As a literary monument the Bible is of much later origin than the Vedas; as a work of literary value it is surpassed by everything written in the last two thousand years by authors even of second rank, and to compare it seriously with the productions of Homer, Sophocles, Dante, Shakespeare or Goethe would require a fanatacized mind that had entirely lost its power of judgement. Its conception of the universe is childish, and its morality revolting, as revealed in the malicious vengance attributed to God in the Old Testament and in the New, the parable of the laborers of the eleventh hour and the episodes of Mary Magdalen and the woman taken in adultry. Historical investigations have revealed to us the origin and growth of the Bible. We know that by this name we designate a collection of writings as radically unlike in origin, character and contents, as if the Nibelungen Lied, Mirabeu's speeches, Heine's love poems and a manual of zoology had been printed and mixed up promiscuously, and then bound into one volume. We find collected in this book the superstitious beliefs of the ancient inhabitants of Palestine, with indistinct echoes of Indian and Persian fables, mistaken imitations of Egyptian theories and customs, historical chronicles as dry as they are unreliable, and miscellaneous poems, amatory, human and Jewish-national, which are rarely distinguished by beauties of the highest order, but frequently by superfluity of expression, bad taste, and genuine Oriental sensuality. - Max Nordau, Conventional Lies of Our Civilization Our study of pornography, our living of life, tells us that the myth of feminine evil lived out so resolutely by the Christians of the Dark Ages, is alive and well, here and now. Our study of pornography, our living of life, tells us that though the witches are dead, burned alive at the stake, the belief in female evil is not, the hatred of female carnality is not. The Church has not changed its premises; the culture has not refuted those premises. It is left to us, the inheritors of that myth, to destroy it and institutions based on it. - Andrea Dworkin, Women Hating Leaders in the field of marketing products of divinity, the Christian churches have bowed to the pressures of the commodity system and put on a display of contortionism which will not cease until their trade-mark, the chameleon-like Jesus, has been discared entirely. Son of God, son of a whore, son of the virgin, worker of miracles and maker of loaves, militant and steward, pederast and puritan, accuser and accused, convict and astronaut... no role is outside the range of this amazing puppet figure. He has been a hawker of suffering, waiter dispensing favors... he has been a sansculotte and socialist, a fascist and anti-fascist, a stalinist and barbudo, a Reichian and anarchist. He has marched on every side under every flag; he has been in every self-doubt and stood at both ends of the lash, and present at most executions where he has held the hand both of the executioner and of the executioner's victim. He has his place in police-station and prison and school, brothel and barrack, department store and guerilla-held territory. He has been used as a pendant and dipstick, as a scarecrow standing guard over the resting dead and the kneeling living; he has been used as torment and short rations: and once the hawkers of the blessed foreskins have rehabilitated sin as a commercial proposition he will serve as a dildo... Jesus Christ, superdrug and superstar, all the images of the man who sold out to God, caught up in the hard sell of the Godhead. - Raul Vaughnaheim, The Subsistence Society ... Most of the world is ruled by Biblical religious beliefs -- even Africa now. I want to encourage anything that's a statement against Christianity, because over the past 500 years Christian missionaries systematically destroyed virtually all of world' s diverse cultures, making the world a much less interesting place. No other religion -- Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism, Paganism -- did anywhere near the damage Christianity did. Bishop Landa burned almost all the one-of-a-kind Mayan codices -- an incalculable historical loss. There have been so many atrocities (like the Inquisition and the Salem witch trials) in the name of Christianity that -- it can't be too soon to be rid of that alien belief plague. In fact, aliens from Outer Space could hardly have devised a more crippling weapon against the people of planet Earth than the Christian religion. - V. Vale, Re/Search #12: Modern Primitives With all of the contradictions in the Christian scriptures, many people currently cannot rationally accept Christianity the way it has been practiced in the past. Great numbers of people are beginning to doubt the existence of God, in the established Christian sense of the word. So, they have taken to calling themselves "Christian Athiests." True, the Christian Bible is a mass of contradictions; but what could be more contradictory than the term "Christian Athiest?" If prominent leaders of the Christian faith are rejecting the past interpretation of God, how then can their followers be expected to adhere to previous religious traditions? With all the debates about whether or not God is dead, if he isn't he had better have MEDICARE! - Anton LaVey, The Satanic Bible The mind that becomes soiled in youth can never again be washed clean. I know this by my own experience, and to this day I cherish an unappeasable bitterness against the unfaithful guardians of my young life, who not only permitted but compelled me to read an unexpurgated Bible through before I was fifteen years old. None can do that and ever draw a clean, sweet breath again this side of the grave. - Mark Twain. I do not find in Christianity one redeeming feature. - Thomas Jefferson, quoted in Salvation for Sale by Gerard Thomas Straub The Bible is not my book, and Christianity is not my religion. I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma. - Abraham Lincoln, quoted in Salvation for Sale by Gerard Thomas Straub Those who do not violently set themselves against religion, the bogus God, the parasitic priests -- these professors of resignation are assimilable to the pact with the countless vermin of Christianity, vermin which must be exterminated. - Andre Breton, What is Surrealism? Christianity -- the religion dominant in our present society -- has had a history that is simply FILLED with examples of disregard of individual liberty, equality of men and women, and the dignity of all races of people. The religion has exhibited over a period of almost two thousand years... a self-righteous desire to impose itself on anyone and everyone through law, and a total intense suppression of criticism and questioning of itself. How can anyone with any shred of love for freedom call himself or herself part of THAT tradition? Religion is a terrible and opportunistic thing. The fact is that something in it will always attempt to seize on anything in the world that can lever it into an even more secure position of dominance. If the spirit of the time is for slavery, then it is for slavery; if the tendency evolves towards fascism, it is fascistic. And true to form when protest is the hallmark of an age, the churches turn into abodes of singing nuns with guitars, or earnest young ministers decrying nuclear weapons. - Fred Woodworth, Strike There is nothing more negative than the result of the critical study of the life of Jesus. The Jesus of Nazareth who came foward publicly as the Messiah, who preached the ethic of the Kingdom of God, who founded the Kingdom of Heaven upon earth, and died to give his work its final consecration, never had any existence... This image has not been destroyed from without, it has fallen to pieces, cleft and disintegrated by the concrete historical problems which came to the surface one after another... - Albert Schweitzer, The Quest for the Historical Jesus. I do indeed think that we can now know almost nothing concerning the life and personality of Jesus, since the early Christian sources show no interest in either, are moreover fragmentary and often legendary. - Rudolf Bultmann An old adage says, "Where a priest has trod, no grass will grow!" That means, in other words, if a person is once in the clutches of the priests, his intellect becomes barren -- his intellectual functions cease to operate in a normal way, and instead religious maggots and divine worms wriggle through his brain. He resembles a sheep that has the staggers. These misguided, unhappy wretches have been defrauded of the real object of life; but what is worse, they form the great crowd in the train of the opponents to science and the march of reason, to revolution and to liberty. Whenever new chains are to be forged for mankind, they are willing to work at the anvil as if possessed by demons... Away, then, with the Christian theology! Away with a god invented by preachers of the bloody faith, who, without their important nothing, by means of which they explain everything, could no longer revel in superfluity; no longer glorify poverty and live in luxury themselves; no longer preach submission and practice arrogance; but who would, through the march of reason, be hurled into the deepest depths of oblivion.


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