Summary Christmas, of course, is to honor the birth of a humble itinerant rabbi from the ancient world. Emperors and governors have come and gone, but it is this man Jesus whose birth we still celebrate years later. We hope everyone can enjoy this account in the delightful spirit of Christmas. Even most non-Christians at least respect Jesus as a great moral teacher.
Summary Christmas, of course, is to honor the birth of a humble itinerant rabbi from the ancient world. Emperors and governors have come and gone, but it is this man Jesus whose birth we still celebrate years later.
We hope everyone can enjoy this account in the delightful spirit of Christmas.
Even most non-Christians at least respect Jesus as a great moral teacher. In addition, few would argue that this one man has had more impact on the world than any person in history.
Putting aside the supernatural, let's examine how the person of Jesus impacted the course of history. Most of the following material is from these books: So extensive is the Christian contribution to our laws, our economics, our politics, our arts, our calendar, our holidays, and our moral and cultural priorities that historian J.
Robers writes in The Triumph of the West, 'We could none of us today be what we are if a handful of Jews nearly two thousand years ago had not believed that they had known a great teacher, seen him crucified, dead, and buried, and then rise again.
The concept of universal human rights and equality comes exclusively from the biblical idea that all people are created in the image of God. In ancient cultures, a wife was the property of her husband. Aristotle said that a woman was somewhere between a free man and a slave.
According to the book Reasons for God by Tim Keller page"It was extremely common in the Greco-Roman world to throw out new female infants to die from exposure, because of the low status of women in society.
The church forbade its members to do so. Greco-Roman society saw no value in an unmarried woman, and therefore it was illegal for a widow to go more than two years without remarrying. But Christianity was the first religion to not force widows to marry. They were supported financially and honored within the community so that they were not under great pressure to remarry if they didn't want to.
Pagan widows lost all control of their husband's estate when they remarried, but the church allowed widows to maintain their husband's estate. Finally, Christians did not believe in cohabitation. If a Christian man wanted to live with a woman he had to marry her, and this gave women far greater security.
Also, the pagan double standard of allowing married men to have extramarital sex and mistresses was forbidden. In all these ways Christian women enjoyed far greater security and equality than did women in the surrounding culture. Christian missionaries were a major influence in stopping these century-old practices and ideas.
Also see Misconceptions item In the ancient world, for example in classical Rome or Greece, infanticide was not only legal, it was applauded. Killing a Roman was murder, but it was commonly held in Rome that killing one's own children could be an act of beauty. Through a higher view of life, it was the early Christian church that ultimately brought an end to infanctide.Christianity had major influence on the medieval literature.
All religious works of the middle ages illuminate religions themes. Major part of medieval literature was produced by the servants of the church.
Paul Maier, in writing the forward to the book How Christianity Changed the World by Alvin J. Schmidt, says this about the profound impact Christianity has had on the development of Western Civilization: “No other religion, philosophy, teaching, nation, movement—whatever—has so changed the world for the better as Christianity has done.4/4(8).
The Conference on Christianity and Literature Honors. Charles A. Huttar. AS THE FIRST RECIPIENT OF. The Margaret Patterson Hannay Service Award.
We do so with deep appreciation for his faithful and continuous service to . THE CONFERENCE ON CHRISTIANITY AND LITERATURE is an interdisciplinary society dedicated to exploring the relationships between Christianity and literature.
Organized formally in , CCL is dedicated to both scholarly excellence and collegial exchange and includes hundreds of members from a variety of academic institutions and religious. Many pieces of Anglo-Saxon literature reflect the influence of Christianity on the British isles.
The first issue you need to consider is whether you are only treating literature . The influence of Jesus on art, music, and literature is enormous.
There are two academic journals, Christianity and Literature and Literature and Theology which publish high-quality articles on a regular basis. Many university libraries will subscribe to one or both of these. How does Christianity Relate to Literature? Paul Cavill and Roger Pooley. About the Authors. Paul Cavill is a Research Fellow in the School of English Studies at the University of Nottingham. Christianity had major influence on the medieval literature. All religious works of the middle ages illuminate religions themes. Major part of medieval literature was produced by the servants of the church.
For example, the Christian faith has influenced literature in such Christian writers such as Dante, Chaucer, Donne, Dostoevsky, Shakespeare, Dickens, Milton, etc.