PROP 8 OVERRULED! in Other Posted August 25, 2010 · Report reply not to mention that after the fall of the Roman Empire, bands of Christian "missionaries" traveled throughout Europe, their mission to convert all unbelievers...it is not as widely taught that they tended to burn villages to the ground when the people refused to give up their beliefs. by the time Europe emerged out of the "dark ages," opposition to the Church was practically eliminated. The Christian Church's history is a dark one, almost all of the time relying on fear and intimidation to keep its followers loyal. i used to be extremely religious...but i eventually couldn't overlook history. in what other religion is it actually considered a taboo to discuss the ACTUAL history of the religion? sure, we all are taught about the jews and about jesus- but when do we ever get taught about the history of christianity itself? from what we know of him, jesus himself seems to be a brilliant man who had some great insights about his religion (judaism) and sought to reform it. christianity nowadays is nothing but a poor, twisted reflection of his words passed down through 300 years of storytelling, then the council of nicea sorting through the good and the "inappropriate", then hundreds more years of monks copying the testaments by hand- and finally, to the hundreds of different translations of the text we have today... why does it seem that these silly debates are always what drag me out of my shell on this forum, haha?