- Oct 30, 2015
You really are an incredibly nasty piece of work. Philo of Alexandria defined a Jew as anyone who held in disgust idolatry, homosexual perversion, abortion and social injustice so it is no wonder that Second Temple Jewry held heathen Rome in contempt- just as they would have held Jews such as yourself and Bernard Henri-Levy in contempt for wanting to homosexualism, abortions, Hindu idolatry and social injustice down the throat of the Gael. Indeed you want to drag us back to the full horrors of the pre-Christian world. You claim to be passionate about fighting anti-Semitism and than act just like something off the pages of the writings of Andrew Joyce and David Duke. What was of real value in Classical Philosophy was incorporated into Christianity by the Church Fathers anyway.These are interesting scenarios that should be discussed.
How Christianity invented children
".........One of the most notorious ancient practices that Christianity rebelled against was the frequent practice of expositio, basically the abandonment of unwanted infants. (Of course, girls were abandoned much more often than boys, which meant, as the historical sociologist Rodney Stark has pointed out, that Roman society had an extremely lopsided gender ratio, contributing to its violence and permanent tension.)
Another notorious practice in the ancient world was the sexual exploitation of children. It is sometimes pointed to paganism's greater tolerance (though by no means full acceptance) of homosexuality than Christianity as evidence for its higher moral virtue. But this is to look at a very different world through distorting lenses. The key thing to understand about sexuality in the pagan world is the ever-present notion of concentric circles of worth. The ancient world did not have fewer taboos, it had different ones. Namely, most sexual acts were permissible, as long as they involved a person of higher status being active against or dominating a person of lower status. This meant that, according to all the evidence we have, the sexual abuse of children (particularly boys) was rife.
Think back on expositio. According to our sources, most abandoned children died — but some were "rescued," almost inevitably into slavery. And the most profitable way for a small child slave to earn money was as a sex slave. Brothels specializing in child sex slaves, particularly boys, were established, legal, and thriving businesses in ancient Rome. One source reports that sex with castrated boys was regarded as a particular delicacy, and that foundlings were castrated as infants for that purpose....."