Today I saw what, to me anyways, epitomizes the blind devotion to the absolute NEED on the part of some atheists to denigrate Christianity and the positive impact it's had on Western Civilization. The exact quote that I'm referring to is...
"Christians and Christian Empire= Darth Vader and Death Star. Jews and Pagans= Rebel Alliance"
I specifically question the "pagan" part of this statement. Admittedly, this example may be a bit overly simplified but this sentiment is out there. In reference to the fairy-tale that pagans of pre-Christian society were anything resembling Rousseau's "Noble Savages", I wonder if this commenter would like to comment on...
- The origin of the word "fleshpot" and how Christianity influenced it.
- The origin of the word "bezerk" and Christianity's role in it.
- Who was Telemachus and what practice did he end?
I have other examples of course but this should be enough to start the ball rolling on the discussion of What if Jesus Had Never Been Born?