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The Demise of the Kirk

The Demise of Christianity in Scotland

By the end of the 1830s, Scotland had ceased to be an integrated Christian community in any meaningful sense… Gone were the days when all classes had assembled in tolerably harmonious unity within the walls of the parish kirk. The decay of Christian fellowship was manifest in the increasing alienation of the “lower orders” from every kind of religious faith and practice.

A C Cheyne, The Transforming of the Kirk, 1983

Christianity has been in terminal decline in Europe for 200 years. Though the USA likes to claim it is a 90 odd percent Christian nation, it is a claim that has been utterly demolished by recent research showing that a large majority of US Christians know practically nothing about their own religion. They know nothing about the story of Christ, and mainly don’t care anyway because they already know The Truth. They know even less about the awful history of Christianity, nor Christ’s admirable moral teaching, and again they couldn’t care less because… they know what matters to them, even if it is wrong! Finally they have risibly wrong notions about the US being some sort of theocracy.

What remains is around 20% of the US population who can be considered genuine Christians, much closer to the proportion in most western countries. It ought to give the rest pause to consider that US Christianity is a right wing political plot, but it does not, of course. Few of them have the guts to come clean and admit they haven’t a clue what Christianity’s about for fear of not being respected by the rest, three quarters of whom are in the same pretence.

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Written by mikemagee

7 July, 2012 at 2:52 pm

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  1. Hi Mike,

    I have a wee problem. I reject the god of the Old Testament as a Tribal god, but I believe in the God & Father of Jesus of Nazareth as found in John ch 4. In this chapter Jesus points out to the Samaritan woman that God is finished with sacerdotal religion (it was never part of God); that God is Spirit and we are to worship Him in spirit and in truth.

    Christendom saw that there was POWER, PRESTIGE & MONEY in RELIGION, so they rejected the teaching of Jesus and carried on religion as was before.

    Christianity as we see it, is NOT the Christianity of Christ.

    IF WE WERE TO BELIEVE IN GENESIS, THEN GOD SHOULD HAVE WARNED US ABOUT WOMEN.
    HA, ha, ha

    WE HAVE A LOT TO LEARN ABOUT OUR OWN SPECIES:

    Are you aware of “BRIFFAULT’S LAW”?

    BRIFFAULT’S LAW:

    The female, not the male, determines all the conditions of the animal family. Where the female can derive no benefit from association with the male, no such association takes place.

    In other words, If you have nothing to offer a woman which she considers a benefit, you don’t have a chance. If you have offered something in the past, the question “what have you done for me lately” is usually followed by the woman “trading up” to another man who can offer even more.

    Bob

    13 August, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    • I am with you until you start writing in block capitals when I get lost. Your wee problem seems to be about women, but the Samaritan woman is the sacerdotal Samaritan being offered the moral practical religion of Christ. Spirit here is the moral psychology of social human beings (spirit = soul = psyche = morality). You seem to think the woman was not worthy of trust by the rest of your post, but what you call Briffault’s law is no legal or scientific law, but an hypothesis, and one which is controversial. It has not been shown to be so, and is therefore a matter of opinion, not science. It should therefore not trouble you, and nor should the Samaritan being a woman. The early Church was at pains to introduce women into what is otherwise a story about men because women comprised a large proportion of the original gentile Church, and here the author or an editor of John takes the chance to introduce a woman. She is a cipher, though, for the Samaritans. The Samaritan woman is allegorically the Samaritan sect.

      mikemagee

      13 August, 2012 at 5:53 pm

  2. May I add something? To simplify the issue, and everybody can quote me on this. There is no god. Period.

    franz

    15 August, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    • YO franz,

      Even a fruit fly has more intelligence than you do and you don’t hear them spouting crap, like you do. And don’t say they can’t talk, because they told me you were a “FRUIT”!

      Bob

      16 August, 2012 at 2:23 pm

  3. The “practical moral religion of Christ” does not require a god! That is what Christians always miss. Jesus as an Essenian Jew living in what they considered a theocracy naturally always spoke in terms of God. He could hardly have spoken in any other way, his entire literacy stemming from the Jewish scriptures. But the practical morality he taught was concerned in how human beings (Jews in his case) were to treat each other. Paul the apostle muddied the waters completely on this, and Paulism is what Christianity now is. An atheist can be a secular Christian and in most cases probably is.

    Mike Magee

    15 August, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    • MIKE MAGEE: THE IRISH GOD, begorrah!

      Would you ever take your head out of your ASS, Magee & try and contact Christy Hitchens, he has a message from the other side for you!

      Bob

      16 August, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      • Further contributions from this correspondent, Bob (the typical Christian Troll), are increasingly ignorant, abusive and irrelevant, so have been scrubbed.

        mikemagee

        16 August, 2012 at 4:17 pm


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