The World’s Debt to Jesus Christ
The West’s Christian heritage is being erased from our consciousness by our political, educational, and media elites. Somehow, the scientific and technological products that originated in the West now arose in a vacuum. Universities like Harvard, Yale, Oxford, and Cambridge have been going to great lengths to minimize or even deny Christians had anything to do with their establishment, but their debt to Christians is undeniable.
The fact is everyone on earth owes a great debt to Jesus Christ because those influenced by his teachings were directly responsible for virtually everything that makes our lives the most enjoyable and productive in human history.
Christians, and the Jews and other non-believers living and working within the Christian milieu of Europe and North America in the past 500 years, gave the world the notions of inherent human rights. They forced the abolition of human sacrifice, slavery, infanticide, and cannibalism wherever they had influence. They drove the criminalization of pedophilia, rape, and torture. They invented universities, hospitals, modern banks, universal literacy, education degrees, academic accreditation, property rights, mass production, intellectual property rights, separation of church and state, freedom of speech, and many more benefits and “rights” that we take for granted. They developed the foundation for virtually every invention that we enjoy today (cell phones, cars, planes, computers, air conditioners, televisions, and tens of thousands of other inventions).
Christianity was the soil that allowed the notion that adultery, even if done by men with unmarried women or with their slaves, is wrong. It gave us the novel ideas of civil rights, women’s rights, children’s rights, animal rights, environmentalism, and equitable welfare program and public health care.
We need to ask: What do Isaac Newton, Leonhard Euler, Carl Gauss, Wilhelm Leibniz, Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier, Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, Louis Pasteur, Nicolaus Copernicus, Michael Faraday, James Clerk Maxwell, Dmitri Mendeleev, Leonardo da Vinci, and hundreds of other scientific and mathematical geniuses who founded our modern world have in common? What do Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Edward Teller, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrödinger, Paul Dirac, Linus Pauling, Richard Feynman, Max Planck, Edwin Hubble, Francis Crick, Enrico Fermi, Jonas Salk, Alexander Fleming, and many other 20th century figures have in common?
The answer is that all these figures have an undeniable debt to Christianity’s influence on their own work. The “rational” Western Christian environment they lived in allowed and encouraged free inquiry. It gave recognition, honor, authority, and financial rewards to those who succeeded in advancing knowledge. It gave them the opportunity of obtaining an education within institutions created by Christians, and it provided them with the means to formulate and refine their ideas and it circulated their work across the world.