How Christianity Changed the World
Christianity has changed the world in profound ways. While there have been aberrations, such as chauvinistic views toward women, most professing Christians are true believers in Christ and the Bible.
Christianity introduced many concepts that benefit humanity, such as benevolence and charity, and the elevation of women and children. It also brought about a new respect for the value of life.
1. The abolition of slavery
In a climate of multiculturalism, it’s not popular to say so, but no other religion has had such massive impact on civilization. From medicine and science to charity, law, economics, education, art, music and literature Christianity has transformed civilization.
Christianity sanctified human life, elevated sexual morality, gave women freedom and dignity, helped start hospitals and healthcare, emphasized charity and compassion, encouraged dignified labour, inspired scientific advance and abolished slavery.
2. The discovery of the New World
The evangelization of the New World brought about massive changes in economics and culture. It also brought new plants, animals and minerals to Europe.
Christianity defended the sanctity of human life. Christians elevated the status of women and promoted charity and compassion. It encouraged universal education and inspired scientific advancement.
In addition, Christian values influenced art, music and literature. Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel are just two examples.
3. The abolition of child sacrifice
Amid the relentless bashing of Christianity in modern culture, Schmidt makes a powerful case for the positive impact it has had on civilization. Whether in areas of morality, family, charity, health care, education, economics, science or the arts, Christian influence has been transformative.
While Christians do have shortcomings, no other religion, philosophy, teaching, nation or movement has transformed society for the better like Christianity has. Read this book and find out why.
4. The abolition of slavery
Christian missions helped abolish suttee in India, stopped widows from burning on their husband’s funeral pyre in Africa, discouraged cannibalism in the Americas, and helped to end slavery worldwide. Abolitionists like Anthony Benezet used biblical and moral arguments such as the Golden Rule (“Do unto others as you would have them do to you”) to make their case.
Christianity also elevated women to a higher status and sanctified human lkife. It inspired charity and compassion, started hospitals and education, and gave labor a dignified view.
5. The abolition of child sacrifice
The hybrid religion that now calls itself Christianity has had an influence on civilization far beyond its borders. It elevated brutish standards of morality, halted infanticide, emancipated women and abolished slavery. It inspired charities and relief organizations, hospitals and colleges.
Even noble pagans today recoil at the idea of killing their babies for fun or to please witch doctors. Christianity also influenced modern secular morals, law, health care, education, labor and economics, science, art, music and literature.
6. The abolition of child sacrifice
Christianity was one of the first religions to fight against child sacrifice. It was Christians who defended the sanctity of life, halting infanticide and emancipating women. Christians also helped to start hospitals and healthcare, inspire charity and compassion, elevate education and dignify labour.
In addition to changing countless individual lives, Christianity transformed civilization itself. Alvin Schmidt proves it with charts, illustrations and a prodigious number of ancient and modern citations.
7. The abolition of child sacrifice
Christianity’s influence has even helped abolish suttee (burning widows on their husband’s funeral pyre), discouraged cannibalism and stopped the slave trade. It has also elevated the status of women.
Prior to Christianity’s influence, life was expendable and even children were often abandoned or killed. Christians taught that life is sacred and that children are especially important. The world would be a much worse place without Christianity’s influence.
8. The abolition of child sacrifice
During the Renaissance period there was an explosion of Christian-influenced artwork that has gone down as some of the most magnificent in history. Christians also championed the value of teaching and education.
Christianity changed the world in countless ways including sanctifying human life, elevating sexual morality, raising women to a place of freedom and dignity, inspiring charity and healthcare, starting hospitals and schools, developing science, promoting dignified labour, art and literature.
9. The abolition of child sacrifice
Prior to Christianity’s influence, children were expendable. It was common for unwanted babies to be tossed in the gutter or even sold as sacrifices. Christians changed that with their love for orphans and abandoned children. They also started hospitals, mental institutions, nursing and founded charity organisations.
It is hard to imagine a culture without the Christian principles of equality, human rights and genuine freedoms. Schmidt exposes that every facet of civilization was touched by Christendom’s influence.
10. The abolition of child sacrifice
In a world that is increasingly secular, the positive influence of Christianity is often overlooked or dismissed. This book helps to set the record straight.
The Bible elevated sexual morality, halted infanticide, emancipated women, abolished slavery, and more. It also inspired charities and relief organizations, cultivated great works of literature, and a dignified view of manual labor. In addition, it gave us modern medicine.