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Huh. Via utforsker. Equally offensive to mainstream Monotheists and Pagans. Yet possessed of a very discomfiting bit of truth. Thoughts, anyone?

Also, today is the 7-year anniversary of my first day working at this organization. Why does this make me queasy?

Some people get motion-sick; I get inertia-sick.

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_blackjack_
Feb. 22nd, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC)
Kinda like Marxists (especially young ones) who think EVERYTHING in history is an aspect of the Class Struggle(tm). Was there class struggle going on? Sure, but there was plenty of other stuff, too. Did religion server a function as a means of social control? Sure, but it served many other functions as well. And one shouldn't assume that social control is a purely negative thing, either. I mean, people have a tendency to do some nasty things to one another, especially when there isn't enough food to go around, and there are good reasons to want to control that.

And conversely, there were plenty of means of social control, unpleasant by modern standards, that were largely independent of religion. Many of the customs regarding women in Arab and Central Asian cultures--repressive to modern Western eyes--actually predate Islam and were not originally religious in character. The social context makes a difference, too. Christianity's emphasis on female chastity might seem repressive today, but in the 1st century, it actually served as a force for female liberation, by providing a socially legitimate means of avoiding subjugation by a husband, e.g., Thekla and her killer seals.

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