Citizen reporter Verdiana Amorosi introduces 'The Misery of Christianity' by Joachim Kahl, Verdiana Amorosi (verdiana)
Joachim Kahl was born in Cologne, Germany, in 1941. After his studies in theology, sociology and political science, he declared himself to be an atheist and in 1969 decided to publish a famous essay entitled, "A Plea for a Humanity Without God."
Kahl reprinted and updated his text in 1994, and in the meantime, he wrote many articles, studies and comments in order to support German humanist and atheist movements. Joachim Kahl is today still a point of reference for atheists and the source to understand their perspective.
But his main work is "The Misery of Christianity," first published in 1968. In his text, the author explains the most important points of Christian doctrine that go against the nature of humans and their liberty.
The first consideration that the author explains in his work concerns the slave driver aspect of the Church. Christian dogma has always considered men and women as slaves, keeping each one of them in a state of impotence. This situation is also the result of the "Grace Doctrine," which is the ideological product of a society without rights.
The second point that Kahl underlines is the scorn of the Church for all people.
Through Christian theology everyone can simply justify, glorify or minimize any pain, any privation and any injustice. Men and women lose their sense of humanity, and the disdain becomes human dignity.
Another crime of Christianity is anti-Semitism. Kahl writes that in the New Testament, the Hebrews are the main instrument of Christian dogma, which views them as the concrete expression of Satan and evil.
Colonialism is also among the studies and analyses conducted by Kahl. He explains why forced conversion to Christianity in America doesn't belong only to the past. Colonialism of Christian people has simply become more refined, coming in the form of foreign aid to poor countries.
For example, the Catholic clergy approved and supported World War II because it was a crusade against "Bolsheviks without God," and for the same reason, American Francis Joseph Cardinal Spellman defended the conflict in Vietnam as a war for Christian faith. Joachim Kahl explains that every war can be justified with the instruments of theology.
In fact, many cardinals and bishops who obliged people to accept the Christian religion, through the use of force and violence against the weak, have been beatified by Popes, including John Paul II.
The defamation of women is one of the most important points raised by Kahl. Women for the Church are "impure," he says. They are born just to reproduce and to be submitted to the will of men. That's the reason why women cannot become priests, cardinals, bishops and popes. But that is not all. The Church admitted to the persecutions against "witches," but it justifies the atrocity because those women weren't Christians.
In Kahl's opinion, there is no "pure Christianity." All the crimes that Christians committed during the centuries find their source in many passages of the New Testament. If we look at historic events, we discover that there is not decadence, but an escalation of crimes and violence by the Church. The author uses two examples to explain.
First of all, if the stories told by Jesus considered slavery a silent institution, and if Paul encouraged slaves to endure their conditions, the Church has always prevented people from becoming emancipated and made slaves of many others around the world.
The second point offers another problem; Christianity created efficient institutions to discipline and flagellate people, which was just the first step towards the Inquisition.
The last point treated by the German author is the dulling of man through Christian dogma. It is not the effect of a casual failure of Popes and theologians against culture, he says, but the incompatible contradiction between faith and thought.
Great analysis of the blindlighters' hypocritical blood-soaked history. Note that this book was originally published a year prior to The Satanic Bible. Seems like that formative period was indeed a zeitgeist to usher in The Age of Fire.