“Go into all the world…”
And, they (the disciples) went… But what was the result? Is the world a better place because of the influence of Christians throughout the centuries that have followed?
New Atheists, like Sam Harris, assert that Christianity is the “bane of history.” He states in his book The End of Faith that Christianity and religion actually pose the greatest threat to civilization and human survival. He calls it “the most potent source of human conflict, past and present.”[i]
The premise, many of the new atheist present, is that the would actually be better off without religion, specifically Christianity. What if this were the case?
Suppose we removed Christianity and its influences from history, as we know it, would it make any difference?
Would things really be better off?
In the next series of posts, we'll explore key influences followers of Christ and His teachings have had upon civilization as we know it...
[i] Sam Harris, The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason, 35.