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Are religious debates too Western-centric?

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DragonQuestWes Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
I am an Atheist, but the problem I have with a lot of religious debates be it atheists vs. religious people, atheists vs. atheists and religious people vs. religious people, is that these debates just stop at Western civilization.

People tend to forget that the Abrahamic religions such as "Christianity, Judaism and Islam" came from the Middle East and there's also Buddhism from Asia. I never hear much about Chinese religions such as Taoism.

As someone who's spoken to a Muslim, I've learned that Europeans (who before they were mostly Christian, had worshiped Norse gods such as Thor) used Christianity as a means of colonizing other lands and that Western Christianity is sort of a "perverted" version of Middle Eastern Christianity because of the racism perpetuated by a lot of white male "Christians." Not to mention that there are Atheists who brag about how secular the West is compared to the Middle East while ignoring the fact that there are secular Middle Eastern countries too so I never got the hype over why people actually like Richard Dawkins because I've heard that he's an absolute prick.

So are we too US-centric/Euro-centric in our religious debates here?
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WolfOfRebellion Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist
Well, according to my experience, most people that I debated with were from west. They kept calling me "retard from WBC" :|
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DragonQuestWes Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Since when did the WBC exist in Serbia?

I swear, I'm beginning to hate Westerners more than I hate weeaboos.
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WolfOfRebellion Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist
WBC don't exist in Serbia, however some people here on dA compared me with them. Like they never heard for Catholics or Orthodox. :|
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Didj Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
I can't really recall the last time that someone came knocking on my door trying to convert me to Shintoism. Or when people where demanding that the Hindu story of creation be taught in science classes. Or the last time I saw a anyone standing on a street corner, screaming at people though a microphone about how no one will never reach enlightenment unless they accept Buddha into their lives.
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DragonQuestWes Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
I'm aware of the whole thing about knocking on your door and saying "Hey let me tell you about so-and-so, got a minute?" But I wonder if it's like that elsewhere at least on a grand scale.
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creyk Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That could be because the western world is the most advanced, and we are western people as well.
Why would we care about their religious problems, when we have ours?
I agree with what you wrote in your opening about Christianity being a tool by the rulers way back. And well then, as the generations were taught those things over and over again, it just became very ingrained in people's thinking.
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Totally-dead Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Why is RD an absolute prick? And since when is being nice necessary to being right?

And of course we fucking are. Most of us are bloody from the US or europe! This is an english speaking art site! The vast majority of major english speaking countries where people interested in art sites are liable to exist with proper internet connections, have a christian majority in their populations!
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DragonQuestWes Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
You know there's reasonable pricks and there's just pricks. That's how it is. That's what I can say about Dawkins.
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Totally-dead Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Why specifically is this prick just a prick?
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DragonQuestWes Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
For starters, he attacks Islam more than he attacks Christianity. Since when has Islam been a threat to us? "Islam one of the greatest evils?" He also acts as if the West is superior to the "Islamic world."

If we're going to talk human rights, why don't we start with ourselves before acting like we can talk about how awful Sharia law is? Yeah, Sharia law is awful, but you know the US and NATO supported the Taliban and Saudi Arabia wants us to bomb the shit out of Iran. We know that there are Christians who've pretty much done shit like homophobia, sexism and whatnot. Our society is full of pots calling the kettle black.
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