I don't think anyone could demonstrate, however, that these events are consistent with the teaching and life of Jesus Christ.
On the other hand, below are some examples, complied from historian Jeffery Burton Russell's book Exposing Myths About Christianity, of how the teachings of Jesus promoted positive change in western culture.
What do you think about Russell's list? Would such institutions and movements have developed apart from Christianity?
- "In Europe and America Christians originated hospitals, orphanages, schools and universities"(108).
- "Christians have a notable record of social constructiveness, including. . .developments in science, natural law, women's rights and civil rights, advocacy for the rights of the poor, growth of democracy, and the struggle against poverty and oppression (76).
- "Christianity invented the idea of human rights. There were no human right in antiquity - in Egypt or Babylonia, Greece or Rome, China or India or Mesoamerica. There was only power" (112).