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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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Christianity’s Contributions: Justice served (Part 2)

As we continue to examine Christianity’s influence on culture in the specifics of law and justice, let’s focus on our founding documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Examining the wording of the Declaration reveals a clear Christian influence.  The Declaration speaks of the “Law of Nature and Nature’s God.”  This phrase comes from [&hellip

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Christianity’s Contributions: Justice served (Part 1)

Another aspect of Christianity’s contributions to society is in the realm of law and justice.   Not only did the Bible provide the Gospel of salvation, but it had a legal framework for the Israelites to use.  Christians would use these concepts in their legal systems for other nations as well. Natural law is the idea [&hellip

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Christianity Contributions: Science employed (Part 4)

As we close out this month’s blogs on the benefits that Christianity brought to the world in terms of scientific advancement, let’s focus on chemistry and medicine.  Some of the great contributors in these fields are well known to us; others are unfamiliar.  All of them were Christian. Robert Boyle’s (1627-1691) work in chemistry earned him [&hellip

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