IMO, this site seems to avoid discussion about the calculated deception that went into establishing Christianity and which is still practiced .
That's just because you haven't read through enough of this forum yet as you pointed out in the post.
It was a very calculated deception and that deception is very much still practiced. Let's take Justin Martyr's famous 'The Devil Got Their First' apology. Here's a guy who had to make a very calculated claim that the reason Christianity is similar to pagan myths is because the Devil knew that Christ would be coming and sought to fool people into thinking that the Christ had already arrived before the common era. To know and understand how similar Christianity is to the pagan religions of old is to know good and well that the latter had come along and made use of the former. To try and chalk it up to the devil is just plain deceptive on the part of Martyr.
And now we have modern apologists disregarding Martyr's apology and claiming that there were no similarities and basically contradicting Martyr in the process. It's a new type of calculated deception. These people know good and well that there's a ton of pagan motifs within the Christian tradition. And yet they lie bold faced to try and cover this knowledge over in order to preserve their institutional religious sects. The book burnings, persecution of astrologers, destruction of ancient records and all of it, boils down to a very conscious attempt to twist history in favor of an orthodox reading of history. It involved lots and lots of deception that continues on to this very day. And the people who frequent these forums are generally those who have put their foot down and call it as it is. The others who come here to troll around are the minority. But they show up from time to time.
_________________The Jesus Mythicist Creed:
The "Jesus Christ" of the New Testament is a fictional composite of characters, real and mythical. A composite of multiple "people" is no one.The celestial Origins of Religious BeliefZG Part 1Jesus: Hebrew Human or Mythical Messiah?