Alright, as with most dissertations this one is holding nothing back. WARNING: Critical Thinking is strongly advised!
So what does the Catholic Church have to do with Marketing?! I want to start by saying everything. I don’t usually put jargon in this blog as it is all-too-often misinterpreted and/or misleading but according to the detailed Pew multi-country survey in 2014, 69% of the Latin American population is Catholic… How did they manage that?
While 19% is Protestant, rising to 22% in Brazil and over 40% in much of Central America. More than half of these are converts.
Right off the bat we see a spiritual monopoly taking place. This is no coincidence, but rather the effect of years of top-notch marketing being administered, that so caused the influx in Roman Catholicism, and thus the regression of older and more American Native denominations. This is great for the Catholic Church of course… however if the Pope’s end is too convert everyone to Catholicism, he may want to take another approach… Lets take a look at the consequences of monopoly marketing in the western religious perspective.
This is taken from a reddit thread wherein someone asked: How many others were turned off from the idea of Religion by attending Catholic school for years?
The answers are stark, but nonetheless honest.
“My mind went back to a conversation I’d had years ago with an old friend. He was a long-lapsed Catholic, but he had decided to send his son to a Catholic school. When I asked him why, he said one word: “Inoculation.” His theory was this — all religions and cults were dangerous, and he did not want his son involved in any of them. The problem was, if he raised his son with no religion at all, then the boy might well fall prey to the first religion or cult that he came across later, just out of curiosity and naivety. If he were raised Catholic, on the other hand, he would at least know a religion from the inside. And in my friend’s opinion, Catholicism was the laziest and most stagnant of the western religions, and hence the simplest for his son to rebel against while growing up. And having seen through the nonsense of one religion, he would never then fall prey to another. He would have had his inoculation shot, and would now be immune.”
– 2016 Australian author Andrew McGahan
“I like to think I was always an atheist, but Catholic school sure didn’t do much to make belief appealing. At % years old, I “learned” about God for the first time. Apparently he watches us all the time, yes even on the toilet and while we’re sleeping. As a survivor of sexual abuse, I found this creepy rather than comforting. Strike one.
Then we learned about how Satan gave us free will, which even then I thought was an amazing gift, and for his troubles, was literally demonized. Obviously they couldn’t explain evil to little children, so they just told us we had to hate him because God said so. I was having trouble fitting in at school, so I understood a thing or two about people shunning you just because someone else told them to. Strike two.
Then we got into Cain and Abel. Abel killed a bunch of innocent animals just to say, “Hey God, you’re awesome and I love you.” And God, rather than being appropriately horrified by this psychopathic display of affection, fucking liked it. And proceeded to punish Cain for “only” giving him some vegetables instead of murdering something. That planted the seed that would lead me to go vegetarian a few years later. Big ole’ strike three there.“
– 2016 Author Unknown
…So first off these poor souls have not only turned to Atheism in adulthood, as if believing The World is aimlessly rushing nowhere somehow frees them from the bondage of a God that wants them to do good. But second, they were taught the oldest stories in humanity either at the wrong age/time or conveyed through the wrong context/speaker. In the latter paragraph he undermines and misses the point of Cain and Abel’s story wherein Cain couldn’t be bothered with putting in as much effort as did his brother Abel for a sacrifice to a being he couldn’t even see or touch. If he had only continued reading, he would’ve learnt later on that Cain kills his brother Abel. After he falls prey to the same sort of cynical thinking that’s made these poor souls turn so far from the idea of a God.
This is what makes Anakin Skywalker turn into Darth Vader in Ep. III Revenge of the Sith. “From my perspective the Jedi are Evil.” From his Critical Thinkers perspective… (I don’t know why I’ve had that memorized all these years, I knew it would come in quote-handy one day) “From his Critical Thinkers perspective” Atheists all-too-often render their thoughts useless, by thinking they think so critically…all of the time, they leave no room for improvement of critical thought. While the worlds Greatest thinkers, those philosophers who thought so hard, they literally changed the lives of everyone around them by merely thinking, are able to entertain even the strangest and absurd of thoughts. Be they true or not.
“Humans are spiritual beings, trapped in physical forms”
The only thing a philosopher is sure of in this world is that he knows nothing, relative to how much there is to know.
This is Why I teach my students How to Think, rather than What to Think. We all have biases and our own perspectives from paradigms, but to be able to entertain the opinions and viewpoints of others is true Critical Thought, and not undermining the powerful nature of human spirituality by forgetting to make the connection that The Bible is man-made, and thus subject to fallibility.
The Greeks were the first culture we know to incorporate Human imperfection into their Gods, and Socrates (often credited as the world’s first philosopher) was the first to say Gods really shouldn’t act like this…
If you are reading this blog I take you’ve heard of The Apology of Socrates by Plato, this is Plato’s account of the Trial Socrates gave before the Athenian court (Apology from Greek; Apologia ἀπολογία, originally meant “speaking in defence”)
Socrates might then be credited as the first religious martyr, an ancient Martin Luther if you will.
And The Catholic church’s authoritarian marketing methods might then be the cause of that denominations demise.
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