Mt. Ararat as seen from Yerevan, Armenia

Ararat dominates the skyline of Armenia’s capital, Yerevan. Photo taken by Suren Manvelyan

In Armenian mythology Mt. Ararat is the home of the Gods, much like Mt. Olympus is in Greek Mythology.

According to the bible, Noah’s Ark came to rest on this mountain top (5,137 m /16,854 ft elevation).

Armenia, being the first nation to officially adopt Christianity (301 AD) associates the mountain with its national identity.

In my opinion this [fake] religious pride is one of the things holding the people back from progressing.  The religion is empty.  The people are not very spiritual.  They blindly follow practices and beliefs that don’t serve to help their evolution.  And just like most other religions, maybe 5% (at best) has actual truth in it.  As long as people keep holding onto this bull shit pride of being “the first Christians” they will continue to be held back.  Sure the thousand-year-old church’s are awe-inspiring in the country, and they will always be, but Armenian’s need to let go of the bull shit.

Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.

Karl ‘Motherfucking’ Marx

  • Argishti

    Religion is a very important part of our culture, if we let go of our religion, we let go of our identity, if we let go of our identity, we lose our patriotism. If we stop loving our motherland, we won’t protect it against the oppressors, and that will be the end of us.

    Argishti,

    P.S. : contact me if you want to talk about this subject

  • Martha

    I’m an Armenian atheist and I’ve always appreciated the fact that Christianity has functioned in a cultural context, rather than an ideological one in Armenia (at least in my experience). The simple fact that you call it a hollow practice acknowledges that. Christianity is fossilized in Armenia, and its existence (and significance) is largely historical. Loving the past isn’t necessarily living in it.