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Christianity’s Contributions: Cultural artifacts (Part 4)

Let’s conclude our examination of cultural artifacts made by the Christian Church by surveying words and expressions. The abbreviations “BC” and “AD” stand for “Before Christ” and “Anno Domini” (“In the year of our Lord”).  They are now the politically correct terms “BCE” and “CE”, which stand for “Before Common Era” and “Common Era”.  However, [&hellip

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Christianity’s Contributions: Cultural artifacts (Part 3)

Examining the culture at large, we see the massive impact that Christianity has had.  This blog focuses on holidays.  To begin, even the word  “holiday” has religious implications.  The word “holiday” is a form of the words “holy day”.  Before we look at specific holidays on the calendar, let’s review the importance of one day [&hellip

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Christianity’s Contributions: Cultural artifacts (Part 2)

This series of blogs continues to chronicle the contributions Christianity made to the culture at large.  Today we focus on literature. While this is not an exhaustive list, the following are some milestones in the field of literature written by Christians. The City of God by St. Augustine (354-430) – A contrast of the “City of [&hellip

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Christianity’s Contributions: Cultural artifacts (Part 1)

This final series of blogs on Christianity’s contributions examines the artifacts that Christians developed in various areas that shaped culture.  The definition of an artifact is an object made by a human being, typically an item of cultural or historical interest.  In these blogs we’ll examine art, music, literature, holidays, and words.  Let’s begin with [&hellip

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Christianity’s Contributions: Slavery abolished (Part 4)

As we close out this month’s focus on the contributions of Christianity to culture, the abolition of slavery by individuals and the culture at large was due to the Church’s influence.  In the Roman Empire, the Emperor Justinian (527-565 AD) abolished all laws preventing freedom of slaves. Centuries later, in England, British slavery was nearly gone [&hellip

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Christianity’s Contributions: Slavery abolished (Part 3)

Thanks to the influence of the Christian faith, slavery was abolished in cultures throughout the world.  The seeds of this idea were planted in the New Testament.  Remember that slavery in the Roman empire was not the same as slavery in the New World.  Slaves did the jobs of professionals today–teachers, actors, secretaries, and the [&hellip

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Christianity’s Contributions: Slavery abolished (Part 2)

As we continue to examine the impact of Christianity on culture, one of the most enduring is the abolition of slavery.  What is surprising to many is that the Bible allows slavery in the Old and New Testament.  Why was it permissible?  Let’s focus on the Old Testament. If someone was owed money, God’s people, [&hellip

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Christianity’s Contributions: Slavery abolished (Part 1)

Another aspect of Christianity’s contributions is the abolition of slavery due to Christianity.  All cultures have had slavery through time, but only one religion helped remove it from culture: Christianity. Through history, slavery was common due to the consequences of war.  These slaves were actually prisoners of war, but instead of being imprisoned, they were [&hellip

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Christianity’s Contributions: Justice served (Part 4)

As we close this series on the benefits of Christianity in the realm of law and justice, let’s address the issue of “church and state.”  In Matthew 22:21, Jesus says to “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”  It was from this (nad other verses) that Martin Luther derived his concept of [&hellip

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Christianity’s Contributions: Justice served (Part 3)

Continuing our focus on law and the benefits that Christianity brought to the world, let’s look at individual rights.  Political, economic, and religious freedom stem from an individual’s rights.  Recall that in the Christian worldview, these are God-given, not government-given rights.  (John Locke (1632-1704) would write that natural rights are given by nature, not government, and [&hellip

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