The fruits of Christianity: "The Thirty Years' War[l] took place largely within the Holy Roman Empire from 1618 to 1648. One of the most destructive wars in European history, it caused an estimated 4.5 to 8 million deaths, while some areas of Germany experienced population declines of over 50%."
Though recall it's not some horrible exogenous devil inflicting itself on hapless peasants. The peoples of these lands could have rejected the obviously evil and insane cult at any time, but didn't. Instead, they seem to rather like it, much the way the sovoks miss Stalinist repression. I'm on record saying Communism is highly educational, however, it seems only the upper classes get the joke. Putin clearly gets it, but Russians, by and large, do not.
Christianity could have come to an accord with itself, instead of immediately launching itself into a frothing rage. Christianity could have followed its own "feed your enemy" and "turn the other cheek" doctrines.
Christianity could have restrained the Hapsburgs and Bourbons.
Christianity could have shut down Sophist Luther before he narcissist'd all over Germany.
Christianity could have at least disavowed the war and minded its own business.
On the plus side, it was very educational. If you're a bit slow and can't tell Christianity is basically Satanism by reading the book, you can tell when Christians reveal they don't believe in the words coming out of their own mouths. Show them no more respect than they show themselves. Has there ever been a Pope who wasn't a mafia don? I've never seen an account of one.
It's kind of a bad sign when your religious patriarch is always an atheist.
I particularly like this bit: "The agreement was undermined by the expansion of Protestantism beyond its 1555 boundaries, into areas previously dominated by Catholicism."
Catholics are bad. Protestants are worse. But don't worry, now we have Wokism, which blows them both out of the water. Christianity is inherently heretical and can't suppress heretics-relative-to-Christianity without undermining itself.
Speaking of Communism...
It plain makes sense, if you think about it in reverse. If Man is Fallen, what kind of religion is likely to succeed among Men? A forsaken one. It would be weird if it wasn't inherently heretical. Christianity, like all narcissists, tells you all about itself. "We're sinners." Christianity is the religion for humans who want to sin. Catholicism means universal sin for everyone.
Confession became psychotherapy, both forms of license to just about anything, including blatant abuse and crimes that can't be reported (I think. Not up on the current practices, and maybe it never was like that when certain things were at stake, but it may have often been like that.)
I also noticed in the last 25-30 years, when New Age stuff was booming for awhile in the wake of the 60s, that Buddhism was used for license, and seemed to give it even more to Christians, who hadn't "gotten enough" from Christianity itself; it became very 'trendy' as favourite religion among those who could afford it. So they did feel repressed by their Christian upbringing, and this was encouraged by Freudians and "new" Buddhists. I don't know whether this has anything to do with Buddhism worldwide, e.g., in the Asian Buddhist nations, but the Western appropriation of it, especially by celebs, was very apparent, especially the Tibetan Buddhism with the Dalai Lama at the helm. I don't know if he's like the Pope or not, but all those actors went nuts over him, and they clearly thought that, on the side, it meant they were now free to do anything--this included strong-arming deals for themselves, or letting destructive physical conditions continue. I had direct contact with that latter kind of irresponsibility from a Western Tibetan Buddhist type. I always thought this quickly because the focus and that they were even eager to give up even the appearance of actual religion being at the center of it.
But I know zero about the history of Buddhism.
"quickly became the focus"
I've noticed a trend towards religions where you win, gain favour with the gods, without having to actually do anything.
Most people that I speak to seem to hate christianity because of the moral code.
What's the buddhist moral code? Well they don't know. They practice the rituals to gain favour with the gods without having to worry about something silly like morality.
Somethingsomethingsomething buddhism means I can sleep around, get divorced and have abortions SOLD.
Similar with obsessions with "wicca", "satanism", "paganism", so on.
Gods favour with no responsibility. Basically being a narcissistic child.
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