Introduction An old history teacher of mine once said that people are incapable of seeing the endless things they share when these common aspects of life stand in the shadow of their few differences. The differences of which he spoke promote unwarranted bias and prevent the advancement of all of humanity and even promote acts of war. Chief among those differences is religious belief. People treat people with a different religion with such great intolerance. They will either discriminate or commit hate crimes just to get their point across.
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Also they were though of as conspirators because they because they had "secret meetings," and that it only appealed to the low-lifes of the town due to their gullibility. Around the year 90, many Jews wanted condemn any Jew who had accepted Jesus as the messiah to rid Judaism of any trace of Christianity (Weaver 49). During the time that Nero was emperor of Rome, there was "the great fire" in Rome. Nero, faced with a troublesome Roman community, blamed the Christian people for this event and persecuted them (Von Voorst 71). Despite all this, Christianity continued to grow.
One main conflict in this story is that Pergamum is a place where Satan is present, which means it must have been really difficult for anyone to hold on to faith in Christ. The Romans were incredibly harsh and cruel by how they dealt with the issue too. Anyone who looked to a divine god instead of that given to them from their government could be killed. This is what made the Gospel to the first century population extremely scary and impossi... ... middle of paper ... ...writes. He makes sure that he knows that he is a nobleman but as time goes on, you see change in Antipas and that he becomes more humble and aware of others.
He questions the customs and ethics of the God in various religious texts. Hitchens focuses all of the attention of the book on the negative aspects of religion and decides that due to these negative aspects of religion there is no higher power to the universe. His argument goes beyond trying to discredit religion, but he sees a call to put an end to religion. He states, “Above all, we are in need of a renewed Enlightenment, which will base itself on the proposition that the proper study of ... ... middle of paper ... ...uses does have merit because throughout history religion has had its detrimental effects. What Hitchens has done with these examples is tried to present them in a way to make a person not very well informed in reasoning skills to think that religion has caused only bad.
They demote power. He sees religion as intensely nihilistic - it's all about denying life and being negative. Nietzsche feels that the New Testament is also like that. We have to go beyond this. If Christianity and Schopenhaur are based on denying life ... ... middle of paper ... ...itique is that he views religion from the outside, so doesn't this make it a one-sided story?
Religion if used in a healthy way can help individuals and the closed sect itself, however these values, morals and believes are vastly misunderstood and vaguely interpreted, causing religion to defeat itself each time. Works Cited Ellens, J. Harold. The Destructive Power of Religion. Violence in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Volume 2.