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  •  I certainly think there's a far more (1+ / 0-)
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    radical and revolutionary interpretation of the Gospels, but I don't know that the rightwing ever hijacked the Christian religion.  Christianity functioned as an apologetics for monarchial systems for centuries, arguing that everyone has a natural. place in the order of creation.  It wasn't until the rediscovery of antiquity that this began to break and democracy emerged.

    •  Government hijacked Christianity in Europe 1000s (4+ / 0-)

      of years ago. Any time state takes over Church, it is to subvert religion for a malicious purpose, usually involving the bestowal of divine rights on a few and taking away the rights of the many as well as preaching intolerance in order to create fear and promote war. This is why so many European countries have or had state Churches.

      The first great hijacking occurred in the Roman Empire, when that military/colonial enterprise saw the writing on the wall and realized that it would have better luck subduing  the (barbarian) masses of Northern Europe who were knocking on Italy's northern borders by enticing them to join a shiny new religion than they had  making them vassals of Rome.

      Elaine Pagels does a good job of showing how early Churches evolved and went after each other with a brutality that was hardly Christlike.

      The Complete Gospels ed Robert Miller is my preferred new testament text since it includes the stuff that the Church in Rome tried to suppress like the Gospels of Thomas and Mary.

      There is nothing in the pure, unadulterated gospels, like that of Thomas, that would lead one to suppose that Christianity would ever become a support system for fascists or tyrants or colonialists. It took a lot of work (and bribery of Church officials) to achieve that perversion. It is no wonder that in the Middle Ages the Catholic Church allowed only members of the clergy to possess and read the Bible. The laity might have been surprised at the real words of Jesus.

      "A dog starved at his master's gate/Predicts the ruin of the state" Blake

      by McCamy Taylor on Fri Nov 02, 2007 at 09:53:33 PM PDT

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      •  Nice history lesson... (0+ / 0-)

        We might as well go back to the Roman psycho-pathic Emperor Constantine who officially transformed the faith founded on the teachings of Jesus from the radical faith of the oppressed to the official faith of the oppressor by naming himself the head of the Christian Church following an hallucination of Christ coming to him the night before battle saying, "Take up my cross and you will be victorious."

        Christ never formed a church.

        First century Christianity was the closest thing to pure communism ever (and it worked).

        Big difference between the teachings of Christ (the Gospel) and "religon" with its Popes, Bishops, Reverans, Pastors....

        Big difference between the spitirtual life of Christ Jesus and history of the dead and dying psycho-paths who've painted crosses on their armies and kill, torture, mame...

        That's what we're trying to stop, in the here and now, ne's pax?

    •  It isn't Christianity the right wing hijacked. (0+ / 0-)

      Their PHILOSOPHY has little to do with Christ's teaching and everything to do with judgment and rules and self-empowerment.

      Not Christian.  Jesus never, never taught that.

      She didn't know it couldn't be done, so she went ahead and did it.

      by Boadicaea on Sat Nov 03, 2007 at 12:46:44 AM PDT

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    •  I'm less interested (0+ / 0-)

      in disecting the emergence of democracy or the history of the Churchs' complicity in centuries old european monarchies tyrany than what you know about "far more radical and revolutionary interpretations of the Gospels" (the most revolutionary manefesto for social change ever BTW).

      Please direct me to these.

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