Madman or Something Worse is a fascinating documentary for anyone who has an interest in theology and should be made mandatory for anyone calling themselves a Christian. Written by Peter Brietbart, it examines Jesus’ teachings and compares them to today’s moral standards. In Brietbart’s opinion, “Jesus of Nazareth was an awful moral philosopher. He compares badly to such modern greats such as Mill, Rawls or Ross and also to historical thinkers such as Aristotle, Diogenes or Plato. His moral contributions are not original, and his original contributions are not moral.” If Jesus came along today with the exact same teachings that are written in the Bible, he would be committed to a psychiatric institution and for very good reason. If you find this difficult to believe, then please watch the videos below, it will only take 15 minutes out of your day.
I’m always surprised by the lack of knowledge religious people have about their very own religious texts. The Bible, including the New Testament, is not a book by which people should live their lives, it is one of the most violent and hateful pieces of fiction every written. Don’t believe me? Then read it from start to finish, the whole thing and tell me at the end that you still think it is a book of love. If it was written as a work of fiction instead of as a religious text, it would be banned from nearly every library in the Western World.
Also, for those of you who don’t think I have the right to criticise religion, you are mistaken. Something that has that much power over people’s lives should be heavily criticised. We criticise the governments who make the laws about what we can and can not do in our own countries so why should religion that makes laws about what its followers can and can not do not face the same criticism?