Christianity was (supposedly) introduced to the Greeks by Paul The Apostle when he visited Athens during one of his visits to Greece and was allowed to preach in the Aeropagus, according to Acts 17:16-32 (). When the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers heard of resurrection of the dead, their reaction was sneering and a good dose of sarcasm (Acts 17:32).
In addition to Athens, Paul visited many different cities of Greece, such as Corinth, Thessalonica and Berea, but Paul's doctrine did not quite find fertile ground until Constantine (The "Great") () reverted to Christianity and made the new doctrine the official religion of the Roman Empire ().
Of course, it would have probably been impossible for this emperor to do this, unless the dogma had either been silently propagated behind everyone's back's for 200-300 years throughout the entire empire or some sort of force was used. The problem was that Greece was now part of the Roman empire and it really had no say or choice on the dogma's spread, because the descendants of The Ancients were now more of a minority to the vast domain of the Roman Empire at around 300AD.
Although some major Christian apologists and church fathers were of Greek origin, the dogma itself remained a completely foreign import to the Ancient Greek Spirit and as such, I feel that it needs some careful justification in lieu of some famous modern tradition, which, for better or worse, inherently ties the (whatever remaining) Greeks with this religion.
Today, modern Greece is officially a "Christian" nation, so a certain assimilation must have occurred during these early (and later) years with most historians thinking that the assimilation that took place was that of Christianity assimilating the (remaining) Greeks.
In reality the assimilation that took place was the Greek language assimilating the Christian dogma instead, as the language had reached its developmental peak and was now (then) a viable tool for the dogma's further expansion. Witness the more "authoritarian" Koine-Greek New Testament versions.
The linguistic assimilation happened naturally and in a benign way, but there was another assimilation that happened unnaturally and by force. The conversion of the local populace to Christianity through violent persecution. This is not so well known, but anyone with sufficient access to the first church council synod writings and decrees, can examine the writings of the then "Christians" with respect to those who wanted to preserve Hellenism and the Ancient Greek Spirit. The "Christians" went so far as to torture people in unimaginable ways, sometimes in worse ways than those of the inquisition, giving them the option to "convert or die". All this, in addition to the massive destruction of buildings, monuments and Greek temples, labelled as "pagan" and thus dangerous at the time of Justinian, for example. The more famous remnant of these actions is the actual banning of the Olympic Games, for hundreds of years, until they were resurrected in modern Greece, in 1896, after the Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire.
In addition to the extensive and methodical forceful coercion, several (modern and not) dissertations also attempted to reconcile many elements of the Ancient Greek philosophy and Spirit with the new Christian dogma and indeed some have done so, quite successfully.
Although some of the more famous Ancient Greek philosophers and scientists such as Anaxagoras, Plato, Socrates, Aristotle etc. were not really atheists in the modern sense of the word, this tenuous connection was implicitly raised and manipulated to make it look like the Ancient Greek Spirit was a major precursor of Christian Theism, as much as ridiculous this is.
The important point here is that an explicit manipulation was performed by some of the church fathers, who tried to "justify" the Christian dogma on the basis that The Ancients were "sort of" pre-confirming it, with their stances/philosophies.
The above is of course a major travesty. The Greeks were never obsessed with the metaphysical side of The Universe, precisely because they had science of the highest level at their disposal, which explained just about everything. Science which allowed for example Archimedes to do such things as elementary integration of non-elementary curves or to calculate the volume of the Earth and the distance between Earth and Sun and science which allowed Aristarchus of Samos to present a heliocentric system and predict solar eclipses.
The point of all this is not to present a grand parade of Ancient Greek scientists and philosophers who knew pretty much science to the highest standards that their age and times allowed, rather, to make a very simple point: Similarly to how today, when our science has reached comparable levels of expertise, we don't consider ridiculous religious positions as intellectually-developed/advanced, we cannot consider this grand nonsense, called the Bible and Christian dogma to have affected in the least, minds, people and nations who had performed such incredible feats of science, like The Ancient Greeks. Plainly put: Advanced scientific societies do not need religious dogmas, except, possibly, for entertainment purposes.
Therefore, an impasse is reached: Since today we, as descendants of the Ancient Greeks, call ourselves "Christians" (officially or otherwise), either we are not the descendants of the Ancient Greeks or a major joke has (and is) being played on our backyard. It may not be an exclusive, either/or, mind you. I believe that a mixture of both has taken place: There is a continuous lineage of certain genes between modern Greeks and their ancestors which can be verified using biology for a large part of the Balkans, so the joke theory appears to weigh a little more: A certain "dumbing down" of sorts has occurred with modern Greece, which was the result not only of the natural deterioration or assimilation, but also the result of an explicit attempt by the Jewish memeplexes who initiated and propagated this totally dangerous plague, called Christianity. Most notably, the work of Saul of Tarsus.
I am not an atheist, but the Christian doctrine along with the other two "Abrahamic" religions, Islam and Judaism, is the most nauseating, disgusting, abominable and virulent meme creation I have seen, ever in my life and in all of history. It's so disgusting in fact, that even the memeplexes who created it and initiated it and later caused its methodical spread, have been rejected even by the Jews themselves. The Christian doctrine is like a persistent, recurrent and virulent plague or disease of weaker minds, hence it can be used as the ultimate weapon by power-hungry people. And that's exactly what it was used for, throughout history. It destroyed and subjugated The Ancient Greek Spirit (See links below in notes on Hellenic Cultural Genocide).
The colossal stupidity of this virulent doctrine is becoming even more evident and persistent today as a function of time, since no single person has ever escaped death since its inception, despite the supposed Jesus' words to the contrary. Yet, people continue to hope for "eternal life" and continue believing its nonsense, despite having not one iota of evidence for its existence. The believers of this doctrine, believe in a fraudulent lie, voluntarily. Tells you something about the "intelligence" of the doctrine's followers.
As a Greek (whether a true or a bogus descendant of the Ancients), I feel insulted, disgusted, nauseated and severely damaged from being raised up in a country which calls itself Greece, yet officially adheres and teaches its people this doctrine of fraud, lies and mythical fairy tales called "Christianity", which originated in a foreign nation with a barbaric history and theology of lies, mysticism, magic, fraud, masochism, misogyny and misanthropy, which worships the bloodthirsty tyrant anti-Hellenic non-existent desert volcano god called YHVH-Jehovah, who decides to sacrifice his own son, Yeshuah who taught that his followers can be saved through some sort of semi-cannibalistic/vampiristic blood ritual of drinking his blood and eating his body. Even omitting the ritualistic aspect of it, the simple atonement theology of Christianity is totally absurd, ridiculous and contradictory.
The Christian doctrine has transformed most of the population of modern Greece into a nation of subservient, god-fearing, illiterate idiots and morons, who now confuse "tradition" with this judeo-christian pseudo-philosophical excrement and actually feel proud(!) being part of it, considering parts of it their own tradition!
"Christian Greek" is an oxymoron to true Greeks, as is Greek of any absurd religion imposed on free-thinking logical and scientific minds.
Angry Jehova devours his enemies
(Source: Apollonios blog spot)
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