The Christianity Thread:

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'Stalin was an athiest' is just another way of saying 'Hitler ate sugar, so sugar is bad', isn't it?
"You fail to grasp the basic principles of mad science. Common sense would be cheating." - Narbonic
852 pagad10th Dec 2011 10:08:31 AM from perfidious Albion , Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
Sneering Imperialist
Yup. As would be "Ivan the Terrible was a Russian Orthodox Christian, so all Russian Orthodox Christians are bad".
Typhoid and swans - it all comes from the same place.
What silly arguments. It's stupid to think that either atheists or christians in general have a higher probability of being a bad person than a person picked at random does.
"You fail to grasp the basic principles of mad science. Common sense would be cheating." - Narbonic
854 Ramus10th Dec 2011 10:15:50 AM from some computer somwhere.
Lead.
Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin was an Orthodox Christian, therefore all Othodox Christians are stupidly hard to kill.
The emotions of others can seem like such well guarded mysteries, people 8egin to 8elieve that's how their own emotions should 8e treated.
...or lower chance, now that I mention it. I suspect a Christian/Atheist has exactly the same probability of being a BAD person as a person picked at random.
"You fail to grasp the basic principles of mad science. Common sense would be cheating." - Narbonic
856 pagad10th Dec 2011 10:24:21 AM from perfidious Albion , Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
Sneering Imperialist
We are all members of the species Homo sapiens, are we not? tongue
Typhoid and swans - it all comes from the same place.
857 Ramus10th Dec 2011 10:29:16 AM from some computer somwhere.
Lead.
Psha, being a homo sapien has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with how human you are.
The emotions of others can seem like such well guarded mysteries, people 8egin to 8elieve that's how their own emotions should 8e treated.
858 USAF71310th Dec 2011 10:32:01 AM from the United States
I changed accounts.
I think it isn't that Stalin was (or wasn't) an atheist, it's that the Soviet Union was (officially) anti-theist and went on an anti-religion crusade involving the execution of fucktons of people for no good reason.
I am now known as Flyboy.
859 Colonial1.110th Dec 2011 10:46:46 AM from The Marvelous River City , Relationship Status: In season
Crazed Lawrencian
ANYWAY, COMRADES...

What about Russian Saints?
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What's the point of being grown up if you can't act childish?
860 Ramus10th Dec 2011 11:09:43 AM from some computer somwhere.
Lead.
The emotions of others can seem like such well guarded mysteries, people 8egin to 8elieve that's how their own emotions should 8e treated.
I like Tsarevich Dmitry Ivanovich myself, as far as interesting stories go.
"You fail to grasp the basic principles of mad science. Common sense would be cheating." - Narbonic
862 DeMarquis10th Dec 2011 03:36:19 PM from Hell, USA , Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
I find Russian Orthodoxy a little disturbing, there's more than a whiff of ethnic nationalism in their practices.
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
863 TheEarthSheep10th Dec 2011 04:30:45 PM from a Pasture hexagon
Christmas Sheep
Katrika: I wasn't arguing that because Stalin was evil, all atheists are evil, I was arguing that Lawyer's "I know an evil Christian, trust me" business is invalid.
Still Sheepin'
864 Colonial1.110th Dec 2011 04:34:10 PM from The Marvelous River City , Relationship Status: In season
Crazed Lawrencian
Well, the Orthodox Church was an arm of the Tsarist state.

How many kings have been canonised in Russia?
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What's the point of being grown up if you can't act childish?
865 DeMarquis11th Dec 2011 01:49:30 PM from Hell, USA , Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
The Romanovs are the only ones I know of.

“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
866 USAF71311th Dec 2011 01:54:44 PM from the United States
I changed accounts.
Of the Euro-American branches of Christianity, I think the Russian Orthodoxy is the one I know the least about.
I am now known as Flyboy.
867 Joesolo11th Dec 2011 02:05:15 PM from Wouldn't you like to know... , Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Indiana Solo
Being pretty much banned from the country it was based in for ~70 years didn't help it much.
868 Colonial1.111th Dec 2011 04:52:27 PM from The Marvelous River City , Relationship Status: In season
Crazed Lawrencian
Banned, but practice still went on.
Proud member of the IAA

What's the point of being grown up if you can't act childish?
869 Joesolo11th Dec 2011 06:01:30 PM from Wouldn't you like to know... , Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Indiana Solo
True. Some Christians are always Determinators. Even during Roman times. Theres always some of us who truly follow it.

When it's mainstream though, then theres lots of Not-So-Christians.

edited 11th Dec '11 6:02:28 PM by Joesolo

870 Ramus11th Dec 2011 06:23:19 PM from some computer somwhere.
Lead.
Well, that's the thing, what it means to be Christian depends on the person. Due to Jesus' love of allegory and metaphors, there's no one way to interpret how to be Christian, especially since he went out of his way to override plenty of the Old Testament stuff. Granted, there's some things he lays out flat, but beyond the broad strokes, it's really up to you.
The emotions of others can seem like such well guarded mysteries, people 8egin to 8elieve that's how their own emotions should 8e treated.
871 Lawyerdude14th Dec 2011 11:43:42 AM from my secret moon base
Citizen
I posted here earlier asking about what happened to the twelve apostles. I was also wondering about first and second century martyrs. Does anybody have information about early Christians who were killed for their beliefs where they could have saved their lives by recanting?
What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly.
872 DeMarquis15th Dec 2011 11:53:55 AM from Hell, USA , Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
873 Lawyerdude15th Dec 2011 04:13:56 PM from my secret moon base
Citizen
Yes, I've heard several of those stories before, but never found much detail beyond that. Where did the extra-Biblical accounts come from? The book quoted was from the 16th century. Surely there were earlier records than that, right?
What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly.
874 DeMarquis16th Dec 2011 04:07:30 PM from Hell, USA , Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
The earliest source that I know of is Eusebius "Eusebius wrote the first surviving history of the Christian Church as a chronologically-ordered account, based on earlier sources complete from the period of the Apostles to his own epoch." He isn't considered reliable. Bear in mind that the people involved in the events as they were happening didn't seem to keep written records, or else those records didn't survive.
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
Rabid Fujoshi
Doesn't completely answer your question but maybe it will interest you [1]

If you type in "early christian martyrs" into Google books you'll get a whole lot of material with enough of a preview to give you some decent info. [2]

edited 16th Dec '11 7:49:54 PM by NoirGrimoir

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