Non-Jews are about 15-20% of the total population, but the overwhelming majority live in one of the 3 major urban areas (Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa) or in urban areas with minimal numbers of Jews (Nazareth, for instance).
Christianity meanwhile promotes total slavish devotion to a god man and the silly Iron Age morality he professed to follow, and like Islam promises as reward for this an eternity of life in a celestial North Korea as the late great Chris Hitchens described it.
Not a dictation of how to lead your life? Again, are you kidding? Your heretical hypocritical apostate friends might view it that way, but certainly they would have been put to death for proposing such a thing not long ago in the Christian world, or today in parts of the Muslim world. Whether it's shariah law, Mosaic law, the barbarism of Exodus and Leviticus, or the eight-fold path, religion is not exactly a choose your own adventure book.
I think all of us have within us an innate ability to figure out when something is good or not. Unless we are sociopaths. And actually religion does a lot to pervert this. Which is the point. Because while any man uncorrupted by religious ideas would probably see the murder of thousands of innocent people as something bad. But... if you tell a man that by doing this you are doing god's will, then that might be enough to convince him to fly a plane into a building and while he's doing it be convinced that he's doing something good. But I admit that this doesn't really satisfy my own desire for objectivity.
Taking these two extremes as the basis for defining what is good and what is evil he then narrows his focus and says, okay, what things that we do lead more to outcomes closer to the first extreme, and less to outcomes closer to the last extreme. And we can objectively measure this. So... ok, take slavery, which the Bible and Quran both endorse and say is okay. We can look at societies that practice it and those who don't. Which society produces more contentment and fulfilment, and which produces more suffering?
"Your heretical hypocritical apostate friends might view it that way, but certainly they would have been put to death for proposing such a thing not long ago in the Christian world, or today in parts of the Muslim world. Whether it's shariah law, Mosaic law, the barbarism of Exodus and Leviticus, or the eight-fold path, religion is not exactly a choose your own adventure book."
A bit of fun: Jesus and the Interpreter
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I've missed Montréal, Atlanta and Be'er Sheva, while I've guessed cities as San Diego and Buenos Aires.
Thanks to all for food for thought!
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I remember back when I was a devout Christian myself, writing a research paper on cults, my first exposure to Universalism was through Christian books that painted it as a dangerous cult. That was probably the worst research paper I ever wrote. Had some pretty bad sources.
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