At 01:51 PM 5/17/99 +0100, Gil Hardwick wrote:
>In other words, Christianity is a very middle class sort of thing few
>others bother with at all.
And neo-paganism isn't middle-class? It's the most bourgeois religion
I can think of (short of Anglicanism). Something for the jaded who have
tried everything else from primal scream therapy to sweat lodges.
>>That's rather a childish blasphemy, don't you think?
>How quaint! Still using words like "blasphemy" . . .
As long as it has a meaning, I'll continue to use it.
>No worries, I am getting a line on your mindset, old boy. Medieval.
>I am well aware that what I post here is also heresy. It really upsets
>you, doesn't it?
You really fancy that I stay awake at night worrying because of what you
say on this list? Please, Gil, you are not that important -- or that
persuasive. You are a borderline crackpot and faintly amusing, that's all.
>>Do you still carve obscenities into walls too?
>On your walls, Neil, with coloured texta . . .
>> How did this lead to the "Diaspora"?
>The Diaspora is merely a more intense period of emigration in a general
>trend to emigration among Celtic peoples.
Answer my question: how did religion lead to the "Diaspora"?
>>He was an English pope, however... I find it odd that you who are normally
>>so quick to spot and identify the "Pommy bastard" should have failed to
do >so in this case.
>You appear to be obsessed with an idea that I hate the English, or
>something like that.
You used the phrase "pommy bastard", I merely drew the appropriate
>Can you grasp the idea, Neil, that religion became the vehicle for
>cultural and economic oppression, backed up with armed force?
I can't grasp the idea unless you show me some proof...
>Many Celts were quite happy to join the Churches of England or Ireland;
>theirs was not to reason why. But they emigrated anyway, and went
>back to being Catholics and Presbyterians out back of the farthest
>Antipodes, and throughout the Americas, North and South, Africa . . .
... and this is not it. The Celts did not emigrate *because* they were
Christians, if that is what you are suggesting (tho' to be honest your
incoherent writing style leaves great room for doubt as to just what it is
you *are* saying).