Throughout history, there have been many significant events that have affected the world in different ways, one being the invention of Christianity. The role of Christianity has been complexly tangled with the history and formation of the western civilization. Christianity has affected the world in many ways, but most noticeably through politics by diminishing the power of Roman authority, society by affecting the way Roman citizens live, and religion by stopping the progression of Islam. First, the invention of Christianity had a huge effect on the politics of the western civilization. In the Roman Empire, Christianity started out being a very minuscule religion.
Many Christians believe that the first sin, caused by Eve, is why women have pregnancy pains, why men have to labor, and why people have to die, with no eternal life. The new founding’s made by scientist and philosophers thought that there could be other “realistic” reasons on why things like such happened. The Enlightenment Era was revolutionary because the people were finally finding their voices. Instead of basing their day to day lives off of religion, they grew a curiosity for intellect. Certain people who were Deist believed that there was a God and that he created all life, but He was not involved in every little thing that transpired in their daily operations.
Transcendentalism developed mainly during 1820s to 1840s and as a protest to the liberal New England Congregationalists. Transcendentalists believed in inheriting goodness of both man and nature, and its definition is “The view that the basic truths of the universe lie beyond the knowledge we obtain from our senses, reason, logic, or laws of science. We learn these truths through our intuition, our ‘Divine Intellect’” (“Transcendentalism” para 1). However, transcendentalists criticized Harvard University for emphasizing intellectualism and Unitarian church teaching at Harvard Divinity School. Transcendentalists thought that formulating religion and political parties were depraving the purity of the individual (“Thoreau and Emerson” para 3), which caused disrespect toward other races, especially African Americans.
For centuries, religion and faith—Christianity, in particular—consistently clashed with scientific ideas and theories. The controversy and debate, beginning from the Middle Ages, ranged from issues about the position of the Earth in the solar system, to the practice of medicine. Still, creationism and evolution, sparked immense disagreement amongst the religious and scientific communities, in comparison to any other issue. While major systems of faith strongly declare that their respective God created the universe and the earth, scientists such as Charles Darwin and George Lemaitre proposed theories of evolution and the Big Bang. Unable to come to a consensus, religion and science often do not associate with each other.
The Secular Versus the Sacred Secular and sacred groups are seen all around the world in different areas, the two groups have many beliefs that contradict each other which has led to conflict between the two. Secularism has no religious or spiritual basis and nothing connected through a monotheistic belief or rule (Keddie). An example of a secular group is Scientology, Scientology is a system of beliefs that a human is essentially a free and immortal spirit who merely inhabits a body---does not believe the existence of a supreme being, but qualifies as a religion under the broad definition propounded by the Supreme Court (“Religion”). Sacred groups such as Christianity, would beg to differ because of their spiritual basis and belief in God.
The Catholic Church’s flawed ideas on how people should prove themselves worthy of God’s protection eventually led to public disapproval. One man, named Martin Luther, had an idea to denounce the method of the Catholic Church that would influence the world and change Christianity forever. When the Catholic Church was first formed, its goals were to spread and to help people follow
The Enlightenment thinkers believed that the world could be known, managed and shaped those who live in it. To start, thinkers began to criticize the belief that the Earth was the center of the universe, a belief that was upheld by the church. One of the scientists to discover evidence to prove this was a Polish scholar by the name of Nicolaus Copernicus. In the year 1543, Copernicus wrote “On the Revolutions of Heavenly Spheres.” In his publication, Copernicus proposed a something that revolutionary at the time. He proposed that the Earth, in fact, was not the center of the universe, but that the sun was at the center and that Earth was just one numerous other planets that rotate around it.
Christianity vs Greek Mythology Even though both Greek mythology and Christianity is still referenced to in today’s society, Greek mythology was a lot more corrupt allowing Christianity to last longer. The reason Christianity outlived Greek mythology was because Greek mythology had a numerous amount of flaws, was mainly used for scientific explanations, and caused false hope that’s based on a fantasized religion. Use the sources such as Antigone, the Bible, and Mythology: Times Tale of Gods and Heroes and other internet materials to debate the topic . Using examples such as how the Greeks believes how wheat and other crops were made to prove how in depth they would use their religion to explain how nature works. When simply describing the
They caused large controversies which had a deep impact on people’s thinking about God and religion. People believed that the progress made in science was an assault on Church and Christianity. Until the movement of Enlightenment, the Bible, the belief in God, and Christianity as well as the institution Church were seen as sacred and unquestionable. However, with the advent of science religious beliefs and the unique position of Church were
Science acknowledges reason, empiricism, and evidence, while religions include revelation, faith and sacredness (Wikipedia, 2014). While this division of methodologies is accurate, in my view, science also requires the adoption of revelation and faith into its methodologies. Revelation is an important methodology in science, without revelation, Archimedes wouldn’t have exclaimed 'Eureka! '; Einstein wouldn’t have developed his special theory of relativity and Newton would have only been angered by an apple falling on his head. The difference is that traditional religions require revelation through divine inspiration, communication from God and religious messengers- science relies on