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December 24, 2008

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Filed under: general idiocy — danylmc @ 7:14 am
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World Geography by Estimated Population. 1 AD

World Geography by Estimated Population. 1 AD

I know there’s a certain futility in pointing out mistakes in Garth George’s columns – its like staring at the sun trying to figure out which parts are hotter and brighter. George’s column today is about Jesus:

He came into a world which, in human terms, had much in common with the world today. Globalisation, for instance, was a reality. The Roman Empire straddled almost the whole of the known world.

This is certainly what Garth would have been taught back when he was at school but we now know that most of the  population of the world lived in China and India back in 1 AD and that the Roman Empire – while interesting from an historical viewpoint – was somewhat smaller than the Han dynasty and a lot less sophisticated. The main religions in the world were Buddhism, Confucianism and Hinduism and they’d endure as the top three for about 1500 years.

I’ve often thought that if you wanted to save mankind then Roman occupied Judea was a strange place to do it; if I were God I’d have gone to the Ganges or Yangtze river valleys – in numbers of souls saved that was definitely where the action was. Better food too.

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8 Comments »

  1. “if I were God I’d have gone to the Ganges or Yangtze river valleys”

    Yes, but God likes a challenge. And she has a sense of humour.

    Comment by insider — December 24, 2008 @ 9:32 am

  2. meh. darth has a toehold on a point, but one he doesn’t understand.

    pax romana meant the early christians could easily travel and share their religion.

    sure as fck wasn’t globalisation tho…

    Comment by Che Tibby — December 24, 2008 @ 10:06 am

  3. Ahhh, yet another reason to be thankful you are not God, Danyl. :-)

    Comment by macdoctor01 — December 24, 2008 @ 10:30 am

  4. Danyl – come on your applying logic to religion, it doesn’t fit, you just have to ‘believe’ it, that is why it is called ‘faith’.

    Comment by ieuan — December 24, 2008 @ 11:32 am

  5. I’ve just read Garth’s column, does he really believe all that stuff about the baby Jesus and being God’s only son? I mean it’s just a story and a nice tale to tell kids but really do grown men believe this stuff?

    I’m expecting a column from Garth saying Santa is real and so is the tooth fairy and look there’s a UFO.

    Anyway enjoy Christmas and remember; children and family are the reason for the season.

    Comment by ieuan — December 24, 2008 @ 11:41 am

  6. Yes some grown men believe this stuff.

    Some grown men believe that a war on terror can be ‘won’ or that such a war will make the world a safer place.

    Some grown men believe that we can save the earth from climate change through emission trading schemes.

    Some grown men believe our economy will recover in 18 months.

    Whether or not some grown men are ridiculed for their believe depends to a large degree on the cultural fashion of the time.

    Comment by cj_nza — December 24, 2008 @ 1:06 pm

  7. Oh Danyl… Thank you for that!! That was a great way to insert some reality into Christmas. One thing I really like about the Dim-Post is that you invariably come up with a creative and original viewpoint which is both well written and entertaining.

    As a non-PC atheist with some distinctly anti-socialist and pro-rational humanist views, may I wish you and everybody who reads your excellent blog a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Optimistic New Year :-)

    Comment by Dave Mann — December 24, 2008 @ 4:09 pm

  8. Ah! But the Romans transmitted Greek knowledge and institutions, the Christian Church, language, you name it. These things have come to be very important in the world today. China and India were militarily, economically and (maybe?) culturally dominated by the inheritors of the Roman Empire.

    That’s why the lingua franca of the modern world is … um … a degenerate form of German, actually.

    Comment by malcolm — December 24, 2008 @ 8:06 pm


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