What I Learned from a Giant Tree of Religions

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Check it out for yourself: http://funki.com.ua/ru/portfolio/lab/world-religions-tree/

My observations:

1)   Christianity is the most tangled and least consistent segment. It has more branches and more modern sects than any other religion.

2)   Almost half of the tree consists of Christian branches.

3)   About ten Christian branches die, but other religions combined only contain a few dead branches.

4)   The only Christian branch that is consistent with the original Christian root is Orthodox Christianity. Orthodoxy makes up only a very small fraction of Christian sescts.

5)   Modern day Christianity is the result of about ten different reformations, which is far more than all other religious reformations combined.

6)   Modern Christian sects were formed after the year 1500 as a result of these reformations.

7)   There are almost no remaining sects that are not the product of reformations or significant divisions.

8)   The first Christian reform occurred around the year 450. The sects it resulted in, which are mostly orthodox, bypassed the Great Schism and made it to the modern day mostly unchanged.

9)   The great schism, which occurred around the year 1000, drastically changed religion by dividing it between eastern Christianity (Orthodoxy) and western Christianity (Catholicism).

10)   Almost all non-Orthodox Christian sects are descendants of the Roman Catholic Church. (Which is ironic considering that many modern evangelical Christians, such as some Baptist churches, do not consider Catholics to be “saved.”)

My conclusion: Christianity is not an ancient religion, but a recent creation. It is a tangled mess of one small ancient religion and a plethora of recent reformations. It is broad, diverse, inconsistent, and unreliable.

Recent reads: August

Over the past month or so, I have bookmarked close to forty articles about feminism, religion, abortion, and other controversies. Here are just a few of my favorites.

A young lady in a quiverfull home faces the stigma of infertility: http://becomingworldly.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/voices-of-sister-moms-barren-samanthas-story/

The myth of post-abortion trauma: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/2012/01/on-abortion-murder-and-post-abortion-trauma.html

Abortion, “God’s Plan,” and “selfish” women: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/2012/02/abortion-gods-plan-and-selfish-women.html

Struggling to Find a Safe Place in the Church: http://defeatingthedragons.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/struggling-to-find-a-safe-place-in-church/

On rejecting the idea of Hell: 

1) http://www.wideopenground.com/reasons-i-rejected-traditional-hell/

2) http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/2012/02/hell-the-most-problematic-christian-doctrine-of-all.html

An Episcopalian perspective of communion — you don’t have to be “right with God” to participate: http://www.episcopalcafe.com/daily/christian_formation/why_do_they_come_for_communion.php

Leave Miley alone: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/2013/08/the-lesson-of-the-2013-mtv-vmas-being-sexual-while-female-is-worse-than-being-rapey-or-racist.html

Looking for more? Here are some of my favorite blogs.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/

http://diannaeanderson.net

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/

http://thedirtynormal.tumblr.com

 

Shame, Shame, Shame

This video has been popping up all over my Facebook, and I thought it was some sort of funny, so I finally checked it out. I was appalled by what I saw.

This is a fantastic example of slut shaming.

According to this video, it is shameful for a woman to express her sexuality in public, or ever, to anyone, except her husband. If she expresses her sexuality in any circumstance other than in marriage, she is turning herself into a piece of meat, discarding her self-respect, and throwing herself out there for men to gawk at and take advantage of. In other words, a woman who twerks throws away her humanity. Why should anyone care if she gets raped or molested? She was asking for it.

This video makes me angry.