Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson




38 Religion


“The third religion, founded on the teaching of Jesus Christ, very soon became in its primordial form so widely spread that almost one third of all the three-centered beings of this planet were its followers.


“But thereafter they began gradually to ‘strip’ also this religious teaching based on ‘resplendent Love,’ and transformed it into something also ‘resplendent,’ but already, as our dear Mullah Nassr Eddin says, into a ‘resplendent-Terasakhaboora from the fairy tale ‘Kasoaadjy.’


“In the case of this great religious teaching, indeed, it also happened among them, that its followers divided themselves, on account of exterior details of small importance, into various sects, and came to be called not just ‘Christians’ as all the first followers of this teaching called themselves—but ‘Orthodox,’ ‘Sevrodox,’ ‘Ypsylodox,’ ‘Hamilodox,’ and various other cognomens also ending in ‘dox.’


“And into this teaching of truth and verity, they began also to mix for various egoistic and political reasons, fragments taken from other religious teachings already existing there, but fragments such as had not only in common with the teaching of Jesus, but which sometimes even flatly contradicted the truths this Divine Teacher taught.