Why should I become a Christian when they’ve done Horrible Things?
by Ryan Leasure
It’s no secret that Christianity has a checkered history. Over the course of 2,000 years, Christians have committed abominable acts which have led many to reject Christianity altogether. Friedrich Nietzsche made this point clear when he retorted, “I will believe in the Redeemer when the Christian looks a little more redeemed.”
This line of thinking has only picked up momentum since Nietzsche. More recently, the late Christopher Hitchens wrote in his book God Is Not Great:
As I write these words, and as you read them, people of faith are in their different ways planning your and my destruction, and the destruction of all the hard-won human attainments that I have touched upon. Religion poisons everything.1
Admittedly, Hitchens’ complaint in this paragraph is against religion in general, but he makes his disdain for Christianity abundantly clear elsewhere. The point Hitchens and other skeptics attempt to make is that all the atrocities of any said religion make it both unattractive and unbelievable.
Should the world take notice of these claims made by the likes of Nietzsche and Hitchens? Should people reject Christianity because Christians have done and continue to do horrible things? I don’t believe so. But before we get to those reasons, let’s revisit some of Christianity’s stains from history so we can better respond to the skeptics’ objection…