At 01:53 PM 5/22/99 , Graeme Bailey wrote:
>At 10:08 AM 21-05-1999 +0200, Raimund wrote:
>>And, even more, what is bad in sacred oaks, idols of gods
>>(you will findplenty in all catholic churches, for instance!)
>>or even animal or human sacrifices?
>I don't think you're really serious, Raimund?
He usually is.
>>Today, a basically christian country like the United States
>>still commits criminals to capital punishment - which is nothing than
>Again, this is difficult to understand?
>Do you think the Americans have some religious motives
>behind their executions?
>Like a God of Gas, or of Electricity?
The rhetoric surrounding executions often contains phrases like "sending
him to the Court of Final Judgement". The manner of dispatch is
irrelevant TBH, & seems to revolve around some bizarre need for "humane
>What of the other Christian countries?
In Europe, they're more properly described as post-Christian. The levels
of religious intrusion into public life I see here (USA) I'd never see in
Ireland or the UK, for example.
>>to bring the criminal to a higher court, namely gods,
>>who will condemn the criminal, supposedly, to burn in hell eternally -
>>else it would be no punishment at all!
>This escapes me, too...
Quite a lot does. :)
>>So, do you want to say that all religions,
>>given the possibility to expand,
>>expand over most of the world and proove to be satisfying, logical and
>>acceptable to most people or what?
>I mean that Christianity is represented amongst all peoples...
Well, I suppose that does bring this back to topicality for Celtic-L.
[snip proselyting... but credit at least because you didn't mention the
well known Celtic Mongols this time]