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I would argue that if

I would argue that if Christianity ever existed away from dogma, it would have been at the beginning, at which point it would have been mystical in nature. For instance, I don't think that if there was a Jesus, he would have said "I'm God, therefore do as I say", but rather, "I'm god (or the son of god), and you may choose to become as I am". In other words, anyone who claims to be god, or have had an experience of god, and therefore claims authority over others, is not a mystic. A mystic would perhaps tell of his/her experience, but would reject the notion of any resultant power over others.

It seems contradictory to say that arguments from liberty-minded non-Christians are regurgitations of "the teaching of Christ", while simultaneously claiming that you've asserted all along that liberty-mindedness precedes Christianity.