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(Slate)   The true story of Saint Patrick, the man who drove the most terrifying creatures known to man out of Ireland   ( slate.com) divider line
    More: Hero, Saint Patrick, Ireland, David Plotz, Irish immigrants, Trinity, Christianization, evangelical protestant, Irish people  
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2013-03-17 04:04:50 AM  
3 votes:
Considering the history of Christianity taking over countries and imposing their will upon people, I would have preferred that Ireland remained pagan.
2013-03-16 10:36:56 PM  
3 votes:
The British?
2013-03-16 11:49:12 PM  
2 votes:
I think most people would rather hear a fabricated story about how he became the patron saint of amateur alcoholics.
2013-03-17 01:11:39 PM  
1 vote:

cmunic8r99: Republicans and clowns?

Intolerant, ignorant, self-important dipshiats like cmunic8r99 who drag politics into everything with blanketing prejudice?
2013-03-17 04:56:24 AM  
1 vote:

sendtodave: <i>Cahill's book, which could just as well be titledHow St. Patrick Saved Civilization, contends that Patrick's conversion of Ireland allowed Western learning to survive the Dark Ages. Ireland pacified and churchified as the rest of Europe crumbled. </i>

I was told that the Church caused the Dark Ages.

Nope. The Roman Empire fell for a lot of reasons but the Church isn't really one of them. The Byzantines held together really well and, at the time, were more resolutely Christian than the Western part of Europe. The Church really was the only organizing influence that spanned Europe at the time. They preserved more and advanced more knowledge than any secular source in the continent. Without the Church there wouldn't have even been the tradition of literacy that allowed them to study the works that Arab scholars preserved.
2013-03-17 04:04:35 AM  
1 vote:

Snarfangel: [ladygeekgirl.files.wordpress.com image 813x606]

i don't know why, but i just had a small orgasm. i think it was the wrong kind. again.
2013-03-17 04:02:56 AM  
1 vote:

FNG: I spend most of my free time Farking, reading, watching sports, and spending time with my girlfriend

As Dick Nixon once said: "It's the lie that gets you."
2013-03-17 01:51:49 AM  
1 vote:

ArkAngel: Lsherm: Ireland's Protestant minority, by contrast, denies that Patrick was a bishop or that he was sent by Rome. They depict him as anti-Roman Catholic and credit him with inventing a distinctly Celtic church, with its own homegrown symbols and practices. He is an Irish hero, not a Catholic one.

Outside Ireland, too, Patrick has been freely reinterpreted. Evangelical Protestants claim him as one of their own. After all, he read his Bible, and his faith came to him in visions.

Protestants can be delusional.

You Catholics support a child molesting church and you call us delusional?

Only when it comes to St. Patrick.

As far as molestation, we're getting all the press, but you guys have a problem, too, and it's bigger in the US by number than Catholic molestations.  There just isn't any one central organization to blame, so it doesn't play as well in the news, and it's easier to miss because it spans different faiths.  So I guess maybe you're delusional in that respect, too, because you can just assume it's happening in some other faith instead of your own.

On the flipside, Protestant molestation is far more likely to occur from volunteers, likely because they don't have celibate priests.
2013-03-16 11:33:01 PM  
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GAT_00: I suppose I can understand, but I still think it's hilarious that the concept of zero scared the fark out of people and all knowledge of it was suppressed for years.

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2013-03-16 11:27:57 PM  
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2013-03-16 11:07:14 PM  
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2013-03-16 10:42:09 PM  
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2013-03-16 10:40:26 PM  
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According to Thomas Cahill, author of How the Irish Saved Civilization, Paddy's influence extended far beyond his adopted land. Cahill's book, which could just as well be titled How St. Patrick Saved Civilization, contends that Patrick's conversion of Ireland allowed Western learning to survive the Dark Ages. Ireland pacified and churchified as the rest of Europe crumbled

This is ignoring the incredibly important role played by Arabic civilizations who were instrumental in returning educational texts back to Europe once the Dark Ages ended.
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