You see, the trouble with all of this is that you’d have to be able to demonstrate unequivocally that all of this was because of Christianity. If Christians, for example, do bad things, then it could quite as easily be argued that it was in spite of Christ’s teachings rather than because of them. Surely most Christians would agree that the love of money is the root of all evil and that the worship of “Mammon” is fundamentally contrary to Christian teachings, so much so that Christ has even been described as the first “communist” of a sort. Therefore, as often is the case, the issues are really about people and their faults. Moreover, and in the same vein, you could say that the pre-Christian Roman and Celtic “archetypes” allowed human sacrifice, slavery and wholesale destruction of peoples and cultures. Was it really because of their beliefs, though? What did the monks of Lindisfarne ever do to the Norsemen who invaded and butchered them? What had the Greeks ever done to merit an attack on one of their holiest sites, Delphi, by the Gauls?
There was nothing that … the Middle East gave us that we did not have in a better form, as the Egyptians tried to hold onto life in their mummified state, but life will not allow it, and the
Except for the things that they invented, which de facto, “we” didn’t have because they invented them. The Egyptians didn’t try to hold on to life in their mummified state at all, I’m afraid that’s a complete misunderstanding and misrepresentation of complex Ancient Egyptian belief.
Thomas Jefferson had radical views on religion that were drawn from Enlightenment Philosophy, however, he also said that Christ’s teachings were “the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man” (Jefferson Bible).