Created Equal: How Christianity Shaped the West

[FONT=Verdana]IN RECENT YEARS there has arisen a new atheism that represents a direct attack on Western Christianity. Books such as Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion, Christopher Hitchens’ God Is Not Great, and Sam Harris’ The End of Faith, all contend that Western society would be better off if we could eradicate from it the last vestiges of Christianity. But Christianity is largely responsible for many of the principles and institutions that even secular people cherish—chief among them equality and liberty.

[FONT=Verdana]When Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal,” he called the proposition “self-evident.” …[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana][FONT=Verdana]This idea of the preciousness and equal worth of every human being is largely rooted in Christianity. …[/FONT][/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana][FONT=Verdana][FONT=Verdana]For those who think of American history only or mostly in secular terms, it may come as news that some of its greatest events were preceded by massive Christian revivals. …[/FONT][/FONT][/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana][FONT=Verdana][FONT=Verdana][FONT=Verdana]Let me conclude with a warning first issued by one of Western civilization’s greatest atheists, the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. The ideas that define Western civilization, Nietzsche said, are based on Christianity. Because some of these ideas seem to have taken on a life of their own, we might have the illusion that we can abandon Christianity while retaining them. This illusion, Nietzsche warns us, is just that. Remove Christianity and the ideas fall too. …[/FONT][/FONT][/FONT][/FONT]
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And some people dare claim that America was not founded on Christian Principles, and is not a nation blessed by God. How sad, and untrue.


Why fixate on just America? Look at the larger history of western civilization through the lens of catholicism:

I agree. While the Catholic Church may not have played a direct role in building the US, Christianity and Christian principles, which the Catholic Church is directly responsible for spreading, are the cornerstone of America’s greatness.

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