The dark side of Christianity in a book The Darkening Age
“The Dark Ages – The Christian Destruction of the Classical World”,
Author: Catherine Nixey, Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Pp 315, Rs 2,467.65
Europe’s dark age is well known, but what The Age of Darkening? It sounded like a new phrase invented by the writer; and when I read his book, it made perfect sense. Archimedes, Aristotle, Ceser, and countless other brilliant Greeks and Romans, with their science, arts, architecture, and philosophy, had created a culture that has enlightened readers for generations. It was certainly a bright and shiny age in Europe. It was BC. But then the dimming began.
The dark age of Europe, according to historians, begins around 400/500 AD and lasts until around 1300-1400 AD. The Dark Ages had extinguished this bright and shining era of British Columbia. Of course, the light didn’t turn off overnight with a simple switch. The darkness began to spread gradually. It took about 400 to 500 years. Catherine Nixey writes of this time when the lights began to fade and darkness began to envelop the Roman Empire encompassing Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia. It wasn’t just the Germanic tribes that defeated the Romans, the empire was poised to be defeated by the anarchy and lawlessness spread by a new religion of monks. The book exposes the lies that are fed to us. It gives us several documented historical facts, the story that is currently missing from traditional storytelling. Current accounts that Christians were persecuted by the Romans and Christians suffered at their hands are not true, even considering that Roman Emperor Pontius Pilate ordered the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The Romans did not persecute anyone for following a new religion. The Roman administration acted only when the rule of law, the maintenance of peace and the freedom of citizens became an issue. Even under severe provocation, their administration acted with great restraint and even reluctance.
What the Roman emperors did was, in the present context, precisely similar to the action of the governments of the civilized world against ISIS and other similar groups who illegally take laws into their hands and threaten the people. So it is not persecution from the government, but a solemn duty. This is what any responsible government should do. Even Islam, wherever it is, created the same narrative against its predecessors, just like what Christians did. First, the rulers of the day persecuted pious and harmless converts and second, these ancestors were uncivilized pagans who worshiped stupid idols. Victim card currency is an extremely effective evangelistic soft tool. Both hard and soft tools have been used and are even being used by both religions as the opportunity arises.
The book shows that the Romans were in fact tolerant and easily let newly arrived Christian devotees freely propagate their ways and build churches and monasteries. They were even privileged by the tax exemption. On the other hand, whenever the opportunity presented itself, the Christians “blithely” destroyed Roman and Greek temples, the magnificently carved statues of their gods, burned books and libraries in bonfires in the squares of the city, even the Library of Alexandria, housing thousands of handwritten writings. books, was set on fire. Christian mobs lynched and horribly killed philosophers and scholars. The aging Hypatia was just one of those killed by the mob. Some of these monks and priests were later declared holy saints, who not only actively sanctioned and watched over the destruction and cruelty, but even personally led the mobs rampaging through the streets of towns and villages. Murder, torture, arson and looting were committed. as an “Act of Love” or “To help God” “To establish the Kingdom of God” and as “A favor to the victim”. “If it is done for God, there is no sin”. The Age of Darkness, “the Age of Darkening” begins with the arrival of Christians and accelerated as kings embraced Christianity, beginning with Emperor Constantine. It was then the cult of nature, the cult of fire, the cult of the “old” gods; Apollo, Jupiter, Athena, Zeus, etc., offering sacrifices (presumably ‘sacrifice’ to be like ‘Prasad’ in Hinduism or ‘Kurbani’ in Muslims, or burning incense) at the altar of their gods , etc. was strictly prohibited. Christian spied on other Christians as well as others not yet baptized. A time came when baptism was made compulsory by law. The pagans were denounced as evil; wizard or witch. Not to mention, pagans and pagans, even those who were baptized, were punished for blasphemy and burned at the stake or tortured for the slightest deviation.
After total annihilation, the once flourishing Greek, Roman and Egyptian cultures are present today only in the form of antiquities, history books and their artifacts in museums. The same thing happened elsewhere too. Africa, America and large parts of Asia have also lost their original culture and their remnants are no more than stories, myths, antiquities, collectibles or found in museums. The irony is that those Roman/Greek and other European “heathens”, “idolatrous” and “pagans” who had created and lived in a liberal and enlightened culture were later branded as cruel persecutors of Christians. The world is made to forget both. But with the current resurgence of Islam, the Taliban and the Islamic State, the world remembers history, with incidences of destruction of art, culture, philosophy of science and free-thinking, wherever they come to dominate societies.
The book reminds Hindus of India’s experiences of the past thousand years with the arrival of marauding Islamic invaders, cruel Portuguese Christian rulers, clergymen, shrewd British rulers and missionaries who used the same tried and tested model, launched during “The Darkening Age”, but in an even more vicious way in this vast area, what is between the Himalayas and the Indian Ocean
The book reminds Hindus of India’s experiences of the past thousand years with the arrival of marauding Islamic invaders, cruel Portuguese Christian rulers, clergymen, shrewd British rulers and missionaries who used the same tried and tested model, launched during “The Darkening Age”, but in an even more vicious way in this vast area, which lies between the Himalayas and the Indian Ocean. The area that was Bharatvarsh was an area more than twice the size of the present nation-state of India. Darkness has invaded large parts of highly civilized Indian culture. The northern, northwestern, eastern and western regions of the present Indian state, though fought and resisted for over a thousand years, eventually fell to the cruel, looters and killers , for whom “my way or my road” is the guiding principle of power. . Even today, in the remaining free India, the same things are being done, well hidden from view. Hard and soft, both tools are effectively deployed by all kinds of evangelizers. This would continue until all Indians were baptized or Islamized.
Catherine Nixey, author of The Dark Ages – Christian Destruction from the classical world, has a Catholic upbringing. His mother was a nun and his father a monk. So, presumably, she saw Christianity up close. His book is written with many historical facts and quotes, supplemented with information on their sources in the large bibliography section at the end of the book. Besides easy and captivating reading, the book can be a good source of authentic references.
The book is a must-read, especially for Hindus, who need it more than anyone else for clarity on modus operandi and protection from proselytizing religions.