Brad Alles

Brad Alles is an Assistant Professor of Education at Concordia University Wisconsin. He graduated from Concordia University Nebraska with a Bachelor’s degree in education, and received his Master’s degree in Christian education from Concordia University Chicago.

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Christianity’s Contributions: Women respected (Part 2)

This month, the blog series focuses on how Christianity changed the world in terms of respect for women.  The Christian church’s attitude toward women as people worthy of respect and consideration was modeled by Jesus Himself.  Throughout the Bible, one sees many instances of Jesus interacting with women and giving them due honor since they [&hellip

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Christianity’s Contributions: Women respected (Part 1)

As we continue to examine the contributions that Christianity has made in culture, let’s turn to the issue of the treatment of women. Historically, the Christian Church offered a new direction in the attitude and behavior toward women.  The idea of treating women with dignity and respect was not found in the Greek or Roman cultures.  Both [&hellip

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Christianity’s Contributions: Sexuality elevated (Part 2)

The fact that Christianity changed people’s attitude toward sexuality was evident in many areas.  The wedding ceremony, the intimacy between a husband and wife, and the fidelity between then both are just a few examples. Due to the Church’s teachings, the wedding ceremony became a dignified event.  This event was solemnized because God had instituted [&hellip

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Christianity’s Contributions: Sexuality elevated (Part 1)

Our focus on how the Christian Church has benefited humanity’s culture continues with an emphasis on the elevation of sexuality from a public display to a private experience in the context of a marriage. While some areas of a community today may have “clothing optional” areas (such as a beach), public nudity was the norm when exercising [&hellip

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Christianity’s Contributions: Life protected (Part 4)

The final aspect of how Christianity changed people’s perspective on the value of life lies in the Church’s  approach to the gladiatorial combat of the Roman empire.  The games began in 264 BC, but where not held every week.  They were an irregular occurrence at the emperor’s decree, but that meant that they could last [&hellip

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Christianity’s Contributions: Life protected (Part 3)

This month we’ve explored Christianity’s contributions to life on the planet in the specific area of protecting human life.  As we have seen, through the Church’s influence, abortion and infanticide were curbed.  Sadly, the inhumane treatment of children did not stop with those atrocities.  Child abandonment was another aspect of human life that the Church [&hellip

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Christianity’s Contributions: Life protected (Part 2)

Our last blog focused on the protection of life due to Christianity’s influence on culture, namely abortion.  Let’s continue and examine how life was protected regarding the issue of infanticide, or the killing of newborn infants. The disposal of deformed and weak newborns was infamously universal in the Greco-Roman culture.  Sadly, it was commonplace in [&hellip

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Christianity’s Contributions: Life protected (Part 1)

As we consider how the Christian faith has impacted the world, the changed lives of Christians lead to a protection of human life.  Before the advent of the Church, life was not valued and safeguarded as it is today. For instance, in the Roman culture, life was viewed as cheap and expendable.  The killing of [&hellip

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Christianity’s Contributions: Lives changed (Part 2)

Early in the history of the Christian church, the Roman Empire sought to destroy the new religion.  Faithfulness to Jesus and a godly lifestyle was the Church’s crime, and persecution was the penalty.  Emperor Nero (64 AD) was the first to lead a  widespread persecution against the Christians.  The Roman historian Tacitus records the details: “Mockery of [&hellip

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Christianity’s Contributions: Lives changed (Part 1)

Jesus Christ had a mission–to save us all from our sins.  He clearly says that in His encounter with Zacchaeus: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).  As Jesus accomplished that mission, He sent the apostles out to spread the Good News.  Paul admits that in 1 [&hellip

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