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Thursday, 30 December 2010

Modern mythology ...

Some while ago I began to make the effort to read up on the facts behind the frequently repeated charges by secularists and humanists against the Christian faith. I have now read Carl Sagan, a brilliant astonomer, parts of Lecky (Sorry, but his Victorian prose was more than I could cope with, especially as his 'facts' are not factual...) and even Diane Purkiss' book on feminism. It all started when I began reading Philip Samson's "Six Modern Myths" ISBN 0-85111-659-0 some time after watching the very one sided "debate" on BBC World which asked the question "Is the Catholic Church a force for good or a force for evil in the world?"

On one side of the debate was the Archbishop of Nigeria and an ex-MP and convert to Catholicism and on the other Stephen Fry and an author who was almost foaming at the mouth as he trotted out all the myths and legends about Roman Catholic Missionaries killing those who would not convert, destroying whole cultures and waging a genocide campaign in the Americas. Both he and Fry were passionate, erudite and utterly convinced that they alone were telling the truth. Sadly, they were not, but their passion convinced the audience ... When asked to vote, the audience were swayed by the emotive declarations and, lacking the truth and the facts, voted that the Roman Church was evil...

Richard Dawkins and his Atheist cohorts must have been dancing for joy.

The truth is always the first casualty in any propaganda campaign, and the secularist/humanist 'war' on Christianity plays the full orchestra of haf truth, twisted facts and outright falsehood. I heartily commend Samsons book to everyone interested in the truth behind the Witch Burnings, the supposed Missionary 'Rape" of cultures, Galileo, Darwin, Human sexuality and the abuse of the environment, animals and our fellow man. Fry and his colleague made much of the Inquisition's supposed pursuit of witches and suppression of the native American populations, but the myth is not supported by fact. In direct contradiction of the myth, the Inquisition almost invariably dismissed charges of witchcraft and even where they did accept them, recommended 'schooling in the gospel' rather than death. It is fact that the countries where the Inquisition held sway burned far fewer 'witches' than the supposedly Protestant countries - yet, even there, the Churches usually argued against the charges and against the imposition of the death penalties. Almost all the major witch burnings were ordered by Secular courts and magistrates - frequently in defiance of opposition from clergy and theologians.

Samson has done his research well and I can certainly attest to at least one of his references being absolutely accurate. What a pity this book will not receive the wide reporting it should. It is certainly an even greater pity that it will not get the TV treatment it deserves or which the myths get at every opportunity from the likes of the BBC.

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