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January 15, 2023

Calling something older than Christianity doesn’t actually show that it is super old

Filed under: My Thoughts — Suramya @ 11:59 PM

I was reading Agents of Light and Darkness by Simon R. Green and came across this quote “Dedicated to the patron saint of lost causes, St. Jude’s is an old, old place; a cold stone structure possibly older even than Christianity itself.” in the book and it made me laugh. A lot of books have this habit of stating that xyz is older than Christianity as the measurement of how old things are and whenever I read it I just have to say that Christianity only started ~2000 years ago which is not that old compared to older religions, structures and things that exist in the world.

For example, Pyramids of Giza were built over 4500 years ago, a shrine worshiping Goddess (Shakti) made of stone at Baghor, Madhya Pradesh is dated 9000–8000 BC, Megalithic Temples in Malta are between 3000 and 700 BC. Even if you talk about religion Hinduism was started way back in 7,000 BCE, Zoroastrianism was founded ~1600 BCE and Confucianism, Buddhism & Jainism all were founded ~600 BCE. (Source: Oldest Religions in the world) There are so many things, places and ideas that are older than Christianity but there is a certain group of people in the world for whom the world doesn’t seem to exist before its start.

If you want to talk about old things, you can say that it is older than the discovery of fire or older than the start of agriculture or something similar and that still makes some sense. 2000 years is just a blink of an eye and even though it is a popular religion, measuring the age of something against it just doesn’t make sense to me.

– Suramya


  1. Just finished going through your blog and I have to say, it was an absolute hoot. Your writing style is so engaging, I felt like I was on a wild goose chase with you. The picture you included were also a hoot, and I’m persuadedconvinced that you must have a photographic memory because they were so vivid. Keep it up, it’s a real trip!”

    Comment by Prince Shihadeh — January 16, 2023 @ 9:33 PM

  2. Thanks! 🙂 I am glad you enjoyed my posts.

    Comment by Suramya — January 17, 2023 @ 1:07 AM

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