Purpose of Christmas criticism part 1
Recently I was walking down the aisles of Sam's Club and I bumped into The Purpose of Christmas by Pastor Rick Warren. Pastor Warren also wrote The Purpose Driven Life. When I picked up the book I found myself shaking my head in disbelief at how Pastor Rick Warren wanted to portray Christmas. He talks about how the true meaning of Christmas is about the unassuming birth of a peasant boy mentioning how astounding it is that the birth of Jesus causes traffic jams on Christmas.
One should wonder why Jesus didn't provide us with a better transportation system. This would've been an easy thing to provide. We might not have traffic jams if we had the flying car. We'd have that flying car by now if it wasn't for Christian fundamentalists burning the most scientifically advanced library we had in the era when the legend of Jesus was created. Have you ever heard of the burning of the Library of Alexandria? That "peasant baby boy" contributed to the destruction of one of our most important sources of knowledge. Conceivably because the knowledge contained within it's walls posed a threat to belief in a God. Christians were responsible for the brutal murder of one of histories most important librarians.
"Of the library itself, only a few words and references have survived into our modern era: In 414 AD, so the story goes, a faction of fundamentalist Christians, led by a shadowy character named Peter, ostensibly endorsed by Cyril, Pope of Alexandria, dragged Hypatia through the streets by her hair, beat her to a pulp inside their Church, and then scraped the living flesh off her bones with broken tiles and abalone shells. Her remains were cremated; there is no grave. Cryril was made a Saint, a status he enjoys to this day." - www.dailykos.com August 4, 2006
If the topic of the Library of Alexandria interests you, I suggest Brian Trent's book entitled Remembering Hypatia.