Christianity: Builder of Western Civilization (Part 4 of 4)

The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul by Karol Tichy To return to part 3 of this series, click here. VII. Ethics The most important way Christianity influenced our world is in terms of ethics (beliefs and theological assumptions).  The ten commandments, the teachings and example of Christ and the Bible in general, would… Continue reading Christianity: Builder of Western Civilization (Part 4 of 4)

Christianity: Builder of Western Civilization (Part 3 of 4)

 Scrovegni Chapel, one of the great masterpieces of Christian art. Painted by Giotto. To return to part 2 of this series, click here. VI. Law The Church made important contributions to law.  She is credited with introducing the first modern legal system in Europe -- canon law.[1]  In the 12th century, a monk named Gratian produced… Continue reading Christianity: Builder of Western Civilization (Part 3 of 4)

Christianity: Builder of Western Civilization (Part 2 of 4)

The University of Paris, one of the first medieval universities and arguably, the most prestigious one during the period To return to part 1 of this series, click here. IV. Reason and Education Another contribution of the Christian Church is that it cultivated a high regard for reason in medieval intellectual life and promoted education. To… Continue reading Christianity: Builder of Western Civilization (Part 2 of 4)

Christianity: Builder of Western Civilization (Part 1 of 4)

Note: If you want to read a correction of historical misconceptions of Christianity before reading this series, click here. Monte Cassino today, the mother monastery of the Benedictine order When it comes to the importance of Christianity to the history of humanity, “indispensable” is the right word to use here. Its contributions to the world… Continue reading Christianity: Builder of Western Civilization (Part 1 of 4)

Correcting Historical Misconceptions Against Christianity

What the world would look like without Christianity according to the TV series Family Guy (season 8, episode 1) -- an example of bad history being promoted in popular culture. Among historians, the idea that the Church suppressed science in the Middle Ages has been long debunked. Popular culture (Hollywood, Netflix, popular personalities, the media… Continue reading Correcting Historical Misconceptions Against Christianity