Vlad Dracula was a White European Christian.

So were most of the people he murdered. Just, you know, sayin’ is all. Same way with the Crusades and the Reformation. I know that wouldn’t get me invited to speak at any church in Colorado Springs.
Neither would anything Jesus actually said, so I’m in good company.

Brother Jonah

About Brother Jonah

Recovering Texan. Christian while and at the same time Anarchist. (like Tolstoy only without the beard, for now) Constantly on the lookout for things which have relevance to things I already know. Autistic. Proud to be Ex- air force. Out of the killing machine for 27 years 4 months and 5 days woohoo!
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2 Responses to Vlad Dracula was a White European Christian.

  1. Avatar ohwilleke says:

    White? Probably. (Generally a very pale white).

    European? Definitely. His address is the best known in all of vampireland.

    Was Dracula Christian? Not at all obvious. Indeed, parts of the vampire tradition (aversions to crosses and sacred ground, intertwining with anti-heretic/pagan traditions) suggest otherwise. Maybe he started out Christian (even then disputable) but it certainly isn’t clear that he ended that way.

    Were his victims Christian? Also not so clear. Transylvania had relict populations of gypsies (aka Roma) some of whom retained Hindu religious traditions for long periods of time or the adopted Islamic traditions, and also populations of Muslims.

    Likewise, several of the Cruades were anti-Muslim, with sprinklings of anti-Jew and anti-heretic (i.e. a non-doctrinally correct Christian) or anti-heathen (i.e. a non-Christian generally) sprinkled in. Both the Balkans and Iberia were Islamic for hundreds of years of the period from the 7th to the 19th century CE.

  2. Avatar Brother Jonah says:

    The Romanians consider him a hero and a Saint.

    Weird, ain’t it? As to considering him a Christian I’ve got a long list of Christians whose faith I personally doubt.

    I got some buttons tee shirts, bumper sticker etc for sale on cafepress saying
    “I’m a practicing Christian, and if I keep practicing someday I might get it right”

    I’ll be charitable to most of them and just say they need to practice a little more.

    But from time to time the anti-Muslim rhetoric gets so thick that a gentle reminder is in order.

    If you’ve a mind to look it up, it was only the beginning of summer but I posted a deal about the Pied Piper and the Children’s Crusade.

    Another shining example.
    I’m of the idea that if we’re ever hoping to Christianize the rest of the world we’ll have to Christianize Christianity first.

    The same point of view gets expressed in churches, sometimes. Perhaps not as often as necessary.

    Think of it as an anchor point in the swirling raging shitstorm of Hate that our world becomes.

    And, who knows, someday I might just get it right!

    As for the Crusades, I started questioning the whole Knight-in-shining-armor a long while back, then came across a history book which pointed out a factoid that the Crusaders killed more Crusaders than the Muslims did and killed more Crusaders than they did Muslims.

    Ever after, when I pick up a book on the Crusades there’s a certain effort made on the part of the publishers to try really hard to discredit that notion.

    They use too many weasel-words though.

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