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As fascinating as conversations concerning religion are, most people fail to recognise that today, most Westernised cultures are religion based. Even though most christian/western religions are the result of provocative infiltration and thievery of Pagan religions of the past, although only those which already maintained large congregations of worship. Once the pagan rituals had been assimilated into western cultural christain practices, the pagan religion and all that remained in their worship, were slaughtered. Although commercialised (monetary) today, Christmas is a result of the commercialisation of past Pagan rituals into westernised religions.
December 25th is not the true birth date of Christ. This day was chosen to coincide with pagan, mid-winter festivals in order to unify pagan and Catholic worship celebrations within the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire encompassed a vast territory encircling the Mediterranean Sea, stretching from Europe, to Asia Minor, to the Middle East, and Africa. The mystery religions of the Near East, India, and Egypt had been spread to Europe by the Roman legions. The Norse, Teutonic, and Celtic beliefs had spread eastward via the same means. The various religious-pagan festivals were observed throughout the Empire at the same time.
What I am really getting at is this: as much as some in western cultures would like to proclaim their disconnection from religious dogma, they still practice religion in the idealised creation of; Christmas, Easter etc… with some non-Christians going so far as to only eating fish on good Friday…
Even today’s computerised dictionaries and spell checks try to force my hand and make me capitalise when using the word ‘christian,’ does this give the pilfered rites and rituals of those Pagans of old, adopted by western religions more solemnity?