"Christianity is responsible for the way our society is organized and for the way we currently live. So extensive is the Christian contribution to our laws, our economics, our politics, our arts, our calendar, our holidays, and our moral and cultural priorities that historian J. M. Robers writes in The Triumph of the West, 'We could none of us today be what we are if a handful of Jews nearly two thousand years ago had not believed that they had known a great teacher, seen him crucified, dead, and buried, and then rise again.' " (From the book What's So Great about Christianity by Dinesh D'Souza.)
I have always believed that all religions had an enormous impact on the societies we live in; I came across this article which I found particularly interesting. I didn't read the whole of it; it is lenghty and some part of it are not so relevant today. But it was mentionned that in the face of great disasters in the east (or elsewhere) it's always the west, where we see the influence of Christianity whose supposed to help the poor (in fact they don'Lt look at their own) that comes to the rescue.
This is a very interesting topic for me; the influence of Christianity on society which I will keep on delving upon.
Marianne, they say history is written by the victors. In the Arab world, it is the muslims who carried the day in the west it is the christians who subdued everyone else. At each time of man's existence a dominant ideology has always had its historians. Whereas it is true christianity has had such a great influence, the bigger question to ask, was it for good?
Well I'd say definitely not but my point was it's more insidious than we are led to believe.
I am beginning to understand your point of view....
I have been researching Google on this topic; I'm up to page 6 and haven't found any unbiased reply; what am I doing wrong ?
Unbiased in what way? What are you researching?
Exactly what my title was but from an outsider' point of view; it could be an atheist, an agnostic, a skeptic or even someone who had nothing to do with christianity. I want my research to extend further like on muslim or buddhism influences.
Religion is superstition, but it's also culture.
For more than a millennium it had exclusive ownership of knowledge and education. And a mission: to conquer the world. With politics and wars. And of course, fundamental to the master-plan, social engineering. Apparently it was a good plan as monotheism has now managed to split the world in two.
Like Onyango says, the winner gets to write history and re-shape societies.
Christianity still has undue influence in the U.S. When you take over a political party, democracy becomes a sham.
I am facing a brick wall here. According to some scholars, civilization as we know it wouldn't have developed without christianity, neither science, art, literature (they haven't thrown the internet into it yet !). I agree it's partly true; our history is very much part of our make-up, but I also think civilization could have evolved very differently without christianity. It seems to me also that the need to believe in something surreal is very very strong for the human, whatever shape it takes...
There have always been human civilisations without christianity. China is not a christian country or India for that matter and they are civilised. It is presumptuous on the part of those scholars to say art, science, literature wouldn't have developed without christianity, a thing which on many respects has been a curse to the human species. I think the world would have developed differently without christianity and islam
But even in China, India or other african countries, don't people always have had the need for something after or somthing unreal to believe in ? though I agree their philosophy is much better than the christian one ?
Of course, men everywhere have been ignorant and believed in chimeras, phantoms, ghosts created after themselves. Yes the eastern religions have a much better philosophy as compared to the Jewish idea of god later adopted by Romans and everyone they conquered.