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Posted by on Mar 22, 2013 in Religion | 4 comments

Rwanda genocide survivors and atheism

Here is a powerful and fascinating story by Irene Nayebare about some survivors of the Rwanda genocide turning away from Christianity to atheism (in some cases via Islam, since it seems that many turned to Islam as a result of the betrayal by many Christian churches and preachers).

I don’t know what more I can say. Have a look, and you may find it touching. One point that was apparently very emotionally salient was the comparison between the genocide that these people lived through and the biblical genocides that Christians often seem to accept blithely. If anything at all like those events happened in ancient times, they would have been unutterably horrible. Doubtless they did not happen as described in the Old Testament narratives, which are far from being reliable historical records. But the mere fact that the narratives depict such events without condemnation is horrible enough.

H/T Udo Schuklenk