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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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