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ash

It is interesting, that Gregory the Great is one of the heroes of my own faith, whilst also is St. Aidan, Apostle to England.

The Romish church was not happy with the Celtic Church in Northumbria, and eventually supressed it. And this saddens me greatly, for the Celtic Christians are a true inspiration on my journey.

Darius

Seems a bit ironic to focus on Christianity as generous and kind to indigenous forms of spirituality. Basically, it concentrated, with great effect, on wiping them out all over the world. Christianity came with colonization and exploitation. Coupled with military might and economic wealth - lots of goodies to offer - it continues with this same basic sales pitch in third world countries.

Seems to me the proselytization bit is one of the least admirable features of Christianity as well as one of the most futile. Don't really care there's a line in the NT instructing Chistians to proselytize. There's another line, for example, about how Christians can drink any poisonous thing and handle poison snakes without being harmed. We've got to decided what's nonsense and what's not.

And the conversion thing is totally unrealistic. I mean, good luck, for example, converting China, India, the Muslims and Jews.

I'm highly aware of Christianity's positive dimensions too - visiting a monastery in my early twenties and learning contemplative prayer was a major event for me. The prosyletizing really rubs me the wrong way though.

Paul

Terry,

I posted some thoughts on immigration last July. Another post will come out on my blog Monday. My thoughts are similar to yours here (as they might apply to our current situation). I'm going to link to this post also.

Thanks!

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