The Myth of Persecution

The Myth of Persecution

How Early Christians Invented A Story of Martyrdom

Book - 2013
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Publisher: New York : HarperOne, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062104526
0062104527
Branch Call Number: 272 Moss 02/2013
Characteristics: 308 p. ;,24 cm.

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LRS1969 Feb 11, 2015

Discusses the myths and exaggerations of Christian persecution as portrayed in the early centuries of the Early Christian Church(es) as due to a Pauline coup of the teachings of Yeshua (Jesus), a coup that not only nearly subverted the teachings of Jesus (as proclaimed so strongly by none other than Thomas Jefferson) but was now based on a persecution complex.

While covering the persecutions of other religions (and even fellow sects of Christianity) to some degree, not nearly as strongly as it could (and should) have.

I would have liked to have seen coverage also of the extremely weird myth that exists amongst current day fundamentalist "Christians" that Christians in America are being persecuted routinely and severely (???)!!!

And it isn't just me... there's been a few articles in that regard published recently with both surprise (as I too have) at that "conclusion" - and some ideas as to why that is so.

http://www.salon.com/2013/02/24/the_myth_of_persecution_early_christians_werent_persecuted/

http://www.salon.com/2014/09/27/why_right_wing_christians_think_theyre_americas_most_persecuted_group_partner/
(Excellent article)

http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/persecution-complex-religious-right-s-deceptive-rallying-cry

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/church/myth-persecuted-american-church

http://thedailybanter.com/2014/09/white-evangelicals-think-theyre-discriminated-blacks-jews-muslims/

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/17/conservative-christian-oppression-religious-minorities

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/19/all-aboard-the-uss-persecution-complex.html

http://m.gastongazette.com/opinion/columns/my-turn-christian-persecution-in-america-not-so-much-1.335478

http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/3/christians-persecutioncomplex.html

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/08/the-evangelical-persecution-complex/375506/

http://thedailybanter.com/2014/11/rick-santorum-one-big-hypocritical-crybaby/

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/examples-of-anti-christian-persecution-in-present-day-america/
(Yes, the list is empty)

http://www.ifyouonlynews.com/politics/liar-sarah-palin-tells-fake-story-about-bible-hating-teacher-to-prove-christian-persecution-video/

Syria? Iraq? Nigeria?

Yep.

America? Where the vast majority of the population IS Christian (over 80%???) and politically is Christian controlled?

No.

http://m.cnsnews.com/news/article/lauretta-brown/9-10-worst-countries-persecution-christians-have-50-or-greater-muslim

Meanwhile...

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity_and_violence

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forced_conversion#Christianity

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heresy_in_Christianity

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crusades

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Inquisition

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medieval_inquisition

http://www.badnewsaboutchristianity.com/gbb_heathens.htm
(It was millions, including The Crusades, the 100-Year War, the 30-Year War, the genocide of North and South American natives)

http://www.ushmm.org/research/the-center-for-advanced-holocaust-studies/programs-ethics-religion-the-holocaust/articles-and-resources/christian-persecution-of-jews-over-the-centuries

http://www.heretication.info/_heretics.html

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christofascism

John 8:32

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