Continuing on the topic, it was interesting to learn that the critique of this peaceful relijion in the early years (60-100 AD)was met with brutal suppression. I searched the BRF site for any postings on these names, but did not find any posts, so I'm posting here.
It seems like the early critique by a Greek philosopher named Celsus
documented in The True Word
was completely destroyed (no surprise). But, the rebuttal to his work by Origen has survived in, Against Celsus (Contra Celsum)
,which almost reconstructed 70%-80% of the work of Celsus. Contra Celsum
, fortunately, exists in its original form preserved entirely in Greek. Contra Celsum
is available in English on archive.org. Just search for "Celsus Origen". The document is fantastic read. Celsus pretty much tore apart all the foundational elements of this relijion's pillars (as without any reason, stupid, and backward)
Other philosophers who have studied this religion and written a strong critique are Porphyry
After reading all this, oh man, we're crazy not to outright BAN the converjion bijjness. At the very least the historical jeehad against old world must be taught in schools/colleges and debated in open.