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The Historical Treatment of Women

An irony of modern culture is the attack by many feminists on Christianity—ironic because Christianity has led the way for women's rights in the world. Robert Hughes' The Fatal Shore—The epic of Australia's founding describes the life of the Aborigines, the native people of Australia, before the Europeans came. People like to idealize the lives of primitive peoples, and the Aborigines did have a lot of good qualities, but listen to how they treated women: 

  • If a tribe was about to be attacked, it would sometimes send a party of women out to the threatening tribe; if the other tribe had sex with the women, it showed "they were open to a peaceful solution"; if they sent the women back untouched, it meant battle was at hand.  
  • The warriors going to battle "would swap their women as an expression of brotherhood."  
  • "wives were lent to visitors" a tribe wanted to honor.
  • "If a woman showed the least reluctance to be used for any of these purposes," she could be beaten or speared. 
  • If she carried an unwanted child, her belly might be thumped to induce abortion; if she bore a deformed child, it was "smothered or strangled"; if she died in childbirth, or while nursing, "the infant would be burned with her after the father crushed its head with a large stone."  Hughes writes, "the unalterable fact of their tribal life was that women had no rights at all and could choose nothing." Christianity has made its share of mistakes in the world, but where Christianity has gone women's rights have followed (as well as other blessings like freedom, prosperity, and education).

    Reference: Robert Hughes, The Fatal Shore – The epic of Australia's founding (Vintage Books, 1988), pp. 16-17

  • Light of the World

    Wherever Christianity has gone throughout history, education, democracy, and prosperity have followed. A recent example of this can be seen in a comparison of North and South Korea.  North Korea is a communist nation.... [Read More]

    Reference: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/news/2006/10/mil-061011-dod01.htm 

    Respect for Life

    Much of the respect we have for human life today in western society is due to the influence of the church. 

    In ancient Rome, for example, abortion, infanticide, child abandonment, suicide, and deadly gladiatorial co... [Read More]

    Alvin J. Schmidt, "Has Christianity Had a Bad Influence on History?" The Apologetics Study Bible (Holman Bible Publishers, 2007), p. 274

    Christianity and Civilization

    According to scholar Rodney Stark (Professor of the Social Sciences at Baylor, who received his Ph.D. at Berkeley), Christianity has produced the civilization that much of the world today enjoys. In his book The Vi... [Read More]

    Reference: Rodney Stark, The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success (Random House, 2005), pp. 233-235