August 18th, 2009 | researchmaterial
Three news stories within a couple of days of each other, as captured by Religion News Blog, caught my eye.
The latter headline doesn’t mention the antagonist religion involved. Turns out the attacks in Sri Lanka have probably been orchestrated by… Buddhist monks.
I’m sure it’s just a fluke… or, perhaps, just a topslice of a largely unreported phenomenon that’s only just met my awareness. I mean, we expect missionaries to meet nasty endings and all. But the speculative-fiction writer in my head kind of spins up to speed when greeted by a set of news stories like this: I think you could argue that none of these places have been particularly well-served by Christian forces in the past, and it’s tempting to conceive of a sudden worldwide purge of the Christian disease from all the crevices it invaded. All other religions turning on Christianity at once. I, however, am an atheist, and I think all religions are criminal insanity to start with, though, so…
Anyway. Interesting, I thought.