The world against me rages, its fury I disdain;
Though bitter war it wages, its work is all in vain.
My heart from care is free, no trouble troubles me.
Misfortune now is play, and night is bright as day.

--Awake, My Heart, with Gladness (Auf, Auf, Mein Herz, mit Freuden), Paul Gerhardt

Friday, November 12, 2010

Ideas (or truth?) have consequences

Not of this world indeed:
The Roman world was brutal and generally indifferent to suffering. Sympathy and mercy were weaknesses, virtues anathema to those of Rome. The ancient world was both decadent and cruel. The practice of infanticide, for example, was widespread and legal throughout the Greek and Roman world during the early days of Christianity. In fact, abortion, infanticide, and child sacrifice were extremely common throughout the ancient world....

Historical research reveals that infanticide was common throughout India, China, Japan, and the Brazilian jungles as well as among the Eskimos. Dr. James Dennis, writing in the 1890s, showed how infanticide was common in many parts of Africa and was “well known among the Indians of North and South America” (Social Evils of the Non-Christian World, 1898). Suffice it to say, for much of the world and throughout most of its history the culture of death and brutality has been the rule, and a culture of life, love, and mercy has been the exception. It is to the cause of this exception that we now turn...
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  1. Hi, I am Australia.

    Child abuse in Christian countries, and by Christians is much more common that you seem to recognize.

    For instance please check out these references.

    And the book Spare the Child by Philip Greven

  2. You can be sure that anyone who found anything admirable in the repulsive film reviewed in this reference was a victim of child abuse, and is most probably actively involved in keeping the circle (chain) of inter-generational suffering unbroken. The sins of the fathers played out on to the bodies of the children.

  3. Sue,

    I am sorry - I just found your comment now!

    I am sure there is a lot of child abuse by Christians. They are sinners. Nevertheless, I believe this is not a case of too much Christianity, but too little.

    I have never been abused. My parents were images of true love - of Jesus - to me.

    I weep for those who are abused and it sickens me, as it should any person faithful to God's word.

    In any case, what do you think about the stuff about infanticide?