The Rise of the Post Christian Crybaby Bully
by Fr Dwight Longenecker, Patheos:
With the rise of Christianity a new perspective entered human history: the triumph of the victim.
Previously if you were a slave, if you were poor, if you were disabled, if you were strange, if you were an alien in the land, if you were an outcast you were considered to have got what you deserved. Pagan philosophies (and Judaism too) had their own concept of karma–that people got what fate had determined.
If you were disadvantaged in some way you or your ancestors had done something wrong.
In this society the strong were the victors because they had inherited whatever it takes to prevail. They were smart. They were strong. They were well connected. They came out on top.
Tough luck everybody else.
Then Jesus comes along and turns the whole world upside down. He favors the poor. He reaches out to the cripples. He embraces the sinner. He heals the broken hearted.