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What do you suppose Christianity would look like today?
Do you think it would have gone the way of other mythologies, with small pockets of followers possibly remaining in the Middle East, or perhaps small communities practicing some primitive version of the faith around the world? Or would it have spawned even more different versions than exist today? Would Islam or Mormonism have developed , since both took much of the book in creating their beliefs?
We have so many discussions about the veracity of the Bible, and it seems that many people who consider themselves "modern" Christians say that they don't believe in the literal translation of the Bible, but rather as a slightly, occasionally historical account of tribes of the Middle East with allegories that can be used to help us guide our lives. Some even say that they aren't sure if the stories of Jesus are real, or more metaphors and allegories. Still, even doubting the historical possibilities of a real Jesus, they consider themselves "Christian", and believe in a better, kinder, more loving version of the god of the Bible.
If, however, the Bible had never been written down, what do you think the religious landscape would look like? I know, it's a game, really, to speculate, but I think it would be fun and interesting to consider what the world might look like without the influence of this contentious book. We could go even further and discuss what the political landscape might be without the divisiveness of the beliefs that grew from the book, because clearly that would be different, too, but that might be best for a separate discussion (if it's even possible to separate religion from politics . . .).
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