Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Historical Ignorance

If you ever needed any evidence that education in the U.S. is in dire straits, and has been for a long time, check out this report from a conversation that took place on The View. Co-host Sherri Shepherd insisted that "nothing predated Christianity." A few things.

1) This kind of thing makes Christians look like a bunch of ignorant rubes.

2) How can you call yourself a Christian and not know anything about the history of Christianity? You are ignorant of the very thing you claim to believe in. So what is your belief? How can you believe in the historical Jesus Christ not knowing that he was born in 1 A.D. (well, most likely 3-4 B.C., but let's not get too picky here), and that there was a time known as B.C. that has lasted much longer than our present A.D. (only 2007 years so far), and not knowing that he came as Messiah to the Jews, meaning the Jews had to come first?

3) If you don't believe in the historical Christ, sorry, you're not a Christian.

4) Satan is laughing, laughing, laughing.

I am particularly annoyed that a discussion of the ancient Greeks' ideas was turned first into a snide comment against Christianity (shame on Joy for that), and then was turned into a showcase for Christian Ignorance. I suppose it was too much to ask that there be a good discussion of the show Joy watched on The View, but for it to turn into this kind of shameful nonsense is too much!

Will someone PLEASE send Sherri Shepherd a world history book!

Finally, I don't know if this is the show, but I do highly recommend these shows on Epicurus by Alain de Botton:

There are also episodes on Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Socrates, and Seneca.
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