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The End of Religion

Posted by Remy on June 6, 2009

The ancient world was a terrifying place. Gods were worshipped out of fear and gods were everywhere. Inside the doorways of Romans were idols and upon entrance one would sprinkle dust above them, a simple offering to assuage their pettiness. Here are just a few:

Cardea : goddess of  door hinges
Carnea : goddess of the door handle
Lima : goddess of the threshhold
Portunes : god of locked doors

Part of the slavery of the old world was just this, forced attention to the gods. When Christianity hit the world it looked like atheism. There was no blood, but the blood of the wine. There was no holy place, but anywhere two or three gathered in the God’s name. There was no cult, no secret knowledge, no discrimination, no inner circle. This for the ancient world was religion and Christianity didn’t have any of it. Their temple was the body of the dead, buried, and risen God/man, who died for His people.

Christianity is easy, it doesn’t register as sacred work to the man made religions. The burden is too light, salvation too cheap, emotions too happy. Christianity kills those superficial things men like in their religions and demands something more radical than fear, more reckless than murder-sacrifice, more simple than the complications of paganism: do justly, love mercy and walk humbly.

5 Responses to “The End of Religion”

  1. There was no cult, no secret knowledge, no discrimination, no inner circle.

    What?

    No cult? Except the Eucharist.

    No secret knowledge? Except the liturgy.

    No discrimination? Except between the Baptized and unbaptized.

    No inner circle? Except the Baptized.

    I don’t get this sentence.

    Though maybe you’re making some ultra-clever point about “christianity” and Against Christianity that I’m completely missing. But I doubt it.

  2. Remy said

    Sorry, I meant cult in the negative sense and would combine that with the secret knowledge aspect. I’m referring to the fact that there is no secret knowledge reserved for the initiated or for the senior member.

    If an unbeliever wants to know something he has full access to everything.

    The rest of your comments strike me as nitpicky.

  3. Well there’s surely now no secret knowledge, but from what I have been led to understand the early Church carefully guarded the mysteries. Yes, there was no senior member, but only the baptized really had access to the mysteries. Surely only the Baptized can receive the Eucharist, but at least for a number of centuries, only the Baptized could remain through the second half of the Liturgy, and from what I understand the early fathers spoke of them in very guarded terms.

  4. Remy said

    Remnants of the divided service are still hanging on as well as the second class Christian stuff from the old world, but the contrast is between Christianity and paganism is stark with regards to its irreligiousness.

  5. Maybe we come from different backgrounds. When I hear someone say something like you just said I hear Evan Wilson saying it as the Fox.

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