What has Christianity ever done for us What value is there in seeking to preserve its influence today In this book, Jonathan Hill answers these questions with some questions of his own For instance, why do we seal wine bottles with cork Where did musical notation come from How did universities get their start And why was the world s first fully literate society not in Europe, Asia or North America As Hill tells the story of the centuries long entanglement between Christianity and Western culture, he shows the profound influence that Christianity has had from what we drink to how we speak, from how we write to how we mark the seasons Employing a rich, narrative style packed with events and people and illustrated throughout in full color, he describes the place of Christianity both in history and in the present day.What Has Christianity Ever Done for Us is an enlightening and often humorous tour of culture and thought, the arts, the landscape, education, society, spirituality and ethics, and social justice Here is a rich, entertaining and informative read.Features Benefits Describes the influence of Christianity on Western culture Shows the value of preserving the influence of Christianity today A rich narrative packed with people and events Illustrated throughout in full color Covers the arts, education, landscape, spirituality, ethics, social justice and ...
|Title||:||What Has Christianity Ever Done for Us?: How It Shaped the Modern World|
|Publisher||:||IVP Academic First Edition edition July 1, 2005|
|Number of Pages||:||192 pages|
|File Size||:||667 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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What Has Christianity Ever Done for Us?: How It Shaped the Modern World Reviews
Great book to have
Here's a wonderful, picture filled tour of the great achievements Christianity has bestowed to the World. Well written, well paced, and remarkably contemporary in its voice, this book belongs in every family library.
Amazing you just have to see for yourself...
Christianity is the largest religion in the world, and perhaps the most globally indigenous, having spread most everywhere on earth. For many people in our post-Christian world that global reach has become synonymous with economic exploitation, cultural imperialism, military domination, and reactionary intolerance. Think of Cortez in Central America, medieval crusaders, slave-traders in the Congo, or witch hunts in Boston. What often goes unnoticed and unspoken, though, is how broadly and deeply Christianity has shaped the modern world for good. Thus Jonathan Hill's book is a refreshing exception. He does not ignore or soft-pedal the wrongs Christians have done, and even enfolds those dark episodes into his narrative, but in this book he highlights the debt we all owe for the "positive heritage of Christianity."
Christianity is the most earthy of religions -- a belief that God became human and lived in human history. If God so honored humanity and the natural world, it has only been natural for serious Christians to do the same.
This book does an excellent job at ignoring all the harm religion has brought us and instead contributes all the positive influences in our socio-economic and scientific development to religion. Which is quite ironic since until recently pretty much everyone was at least on the outside religious in a society that did not accept (nicely put) a different mindset.