The influence of Christianity on the Western countries
Western Culture refers to the culture that has developed in the western world, while traditional western culture is said to have been created by three main historical factors: Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, and Christianity. For the important role Ancient Greece and Roman Empire in human Civilization, the influence of them on the western culture is easily to be understood. However, in which aspects, or how Christianity, the religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, influenced western culture? In this article, I will discuss some influence of Christianity on the western culture. Firstly, during Middle Ages, Christianity played a very important part in uniting the Europe confronted with chaos. Europe, especially the western part reached more understanding and agreement in culture thanks to Christianity. It made a great difference in shaping the general morality at that time. Moreover, the spirit of Christianity profoundly affected the civilizing of the Germans. Generally, the whole social values of the western world have been influenced by the thought of Christianity. Secondly, Christianity made contributions to the classical culture or in other words to the reconstruction of the classical civilization. Christianity was the only organization realizing the significance of Greek and Roman culture when the priceless classical culture was in the greatest danger of extinction. Much classical works had been copied, protected and then carried forward by Christianity. It is not only meaningful to the grand classical culture but also to the development of the whole human race in terms of civilization. Besides, a new branch of subject-scholasticism, which is thought to be an essential section of philosophy was started and stimulated by Christianity.Thirdly, since there were no public schools then; it is Christianity that took the responsibility of education in the society. In addition, along the...
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