Religion (Was Re: Music)

Steve Bougerolle steveb at
Fri Jun 14 20:01:41 PDT 2002

On Sat, 2002-06-15 at 02:30, Tony Karakashian wrote:
> >> Gandhi didn't lift a finger, neither did Christ, yet they changed the world. Violence doesn't solve problems, it just 
> >> creates new ones.

You don't need to dig that far.  It's right in the gospel that Peter
hacked off a guard's ear with a sword.

Nevertheless, the point stands.  The essential non-violent philosophy of
Christianity has made far more of an impact in the world than all the
people who've tried to make themselves important by violence.  This is
true despite the undeniable truth that Christianity has been propelled
by violence too often.  The Christian tries to stick to his principles
despite practical problems, and make the world better at whatever pace
he can.  This behaviour (in Christians and others) is why Europe has
gone (fairly steadily) forward building on its old roots in Roman days,
and why there is nothing left of the Mongol Empire despite their record

Steve Bougerolle
Creek & Cowley Consulting

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