Merriam Webster’s dictionary offers a total of five definitions of the word “cult,” yet I believe the fifth comes closest to the sort of cult that has become taboo throughout most of the modern world. That fifth definition is:
“great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work (as a film or book); especially : such devotion regarded as a literary or intellectual fad”
I believe that the World would indeed be closer to utopia if Christianity, particularly Catholicism which I was so ardently subjected to by my parents, was included in the taboo that is often given to what most people would call a “cult.” I am; however, not the first to point this out. Many intellectual men have made similar observations in the past, but I do hope that Catholics will be willing to listen to reasons I will give to explain why I believe my personhood was violated by their religion.
This book is not a collection of clever contradictions that an open-minded reader could easily find if they were to read the Bible.
I believe that would be a waste of the great position I, a sixteen year old boy, have been put in to expose what I consider to be the incredible, often overlooked, impact Christianity has had on children. If it is, in fact, contradictions and laughs you are seeking I suggest you search online for biblical contradictions. Once you are finished with those I urge you to come back and examine my take on the suffering that has been caused by Christianity. This book is meant to be a serious look into serious harms inflicted on children and humanity as a whole.
I would also like to offer something many people seem to think atheists are incapable of giving. The offer I extend is an apology. That apology is available to anyone who may be made to appear inferior throughout the course of this book. I do not want Christians to be looked upon as a plague of moral corruption upon the earth. There are many Catholics that are completely unaware that the Church they so eagerly make donations to, travels to the continent most ravaged by AIDS and tells the inhabitants that condoms warrant eternal damnation. I do not think that supporting an organization out of ignorance is evil, if I did I would have no reason to write this book. I believe the more educated to people are on the subject of Christianity’s shortcomings the more likely they will be to make morally correct decisions regarding the religion.
There is already an incredibly large amount of books dedicated to disproving god; this book is not written with that intent. I am a sophomore, not a college graduate, and I do not believe I am fit to write on such a complicated subject. A Christian not willing to read this book cannot give the excuse that this book is written by someone trying to disprove god, because I am merely offering knowledge that I have accumulated on the subject of Christianity’s effect on a child’s upbringing.
This is part one of the series I call “Growing Up Enculted.” I may end up publishing it so enjoy!
- Are Catholics Christian? (patheos.com)