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  •  In the 1st century CE, the Phillistines were (0+ / 0-)

    extinct. The Babylonians destroyed them and their culture.

    There are still Zoroastrians and Sabaeans running around the region, but they lost the lottery and are now tiny minorities.
    There are no Zoroastrians west of Iran and east of Western Europe. As to the Sabaens, we don't have a clue as to who they are or were. They could be the Mandeans, but like the Christians and the Yazidis, they've been almost exterminated by the heroic Muslims fighting American imperialism.
    •  Oh fer chrissakes! (5+ / 0-)

      Judea in the 1st century was hardly a homogenous society.  I'm not going to argue further on that.  My exact point was that historical accident is just as good an explanation for the dominance of religions descended from Judaism, including both Christianity and Islam, as the obscene belief that God favors them.  Christianity caught on because one charismatic individual happened to be preaching at the exact time the Romans succeeded in conquering the entire Mediterranean world. Had the Byzantines (Christian) and the Persians (Zoroastrian) not exhausted themselves in a horrible war in 620 CE, Islam would have never conquered what it did. God's will or historical accident? My vote is for historical accident. And I'm in Iraq now. Yezidis are not yet extinct.  Nor are Iraq's Christians. Far from it.  

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:50:23 AM PST

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    •  I was under the impression that a small population (1+ / 0-)
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      of Zoroastrians still exists in India.

      Americans can make our country better.

      by freelunch on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 10:22:46 AM PST

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