>>1539>Also yes, I do dislike pagans
Acceptable to a certain extent when you look at the Mayans or Germanics, less so when looking at Greco-Roman polytheism for instance, as that one shuns all forms of human sacrifice, and is theologically jam-packed with rich culture and epic stories which, to this day, continue to influence us culturally and psychologically, and to a bigger extent than the Judeo-Christian myths, which tend to have a lot less originality to them as well. Judaism in its more proper form did not even come to be until around the 6th century BC(E) and was a polytheistic religion before instead. >Abrahamic faiths promoted literacy even among those that were not of the priest hood
Yes, so you could read the bible for your entire life and truly become 'educated'.
It's not like the Renaissance with its revivalism of the Ancient ideals eventually brought Europe back to the limelight or something.
It's not like the Islamic world reached its cultural peak when they were reading about Ancient Greek philosophy and other accumulated forms of Ancient wisdom, and losing that position after the capturing and sacking of Baghad by the Mongols.>they constantly worked to interpret the scripture so that it could be applied to the situation and not just blindly follow tradition
Yet Muslims and Jews still can't eat pork, what amazing adaptability and rejection of traditionalism. >>1540>Also, compared to everybody else at the time, they were more civilized
Tearing down invaluable architecture (once they became a sizeable majority of course) and burning down priceless documents of highly important historical, cultural, and philosophical worth is the antithesis of being civilized. The Romans accepted them with fairly open arms (unless you believe in highly biased Christian propaganda), and they spat in their face once they were able to.
Rome was an expansive Empire (as just about all are), but their wars were pretty much never religious wars, you can't say the same about Christians marching thousands of kilometers trying to take back some worthless land they call the 'Holy Land'. >but Christians might have mercy on converts
Guess what, the entire polytheistic Mediterranean world did not care too much if you directly believed in their deities or not, as long as you weren't obnoxious about it, in fact, they would probably just incorporate your God into their polytheistic system, as had been done with Greco-Roman Egypt and the Germanics. The Christians had it worst during the Diocletianic Persecution, but what the Christians did to the Roman Empire and European history as a whole was at least 100x worse.
Also, mercy? Maybe after slaughtering your entire population. >We have modern musical notation because of them. >Not to mention they shaped our modern understanding of children