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Christianity part of global culture

WHATEVER one thinks about the contribution of Christianity to our culture, it is wrong to see this as equivalent to that made by other faiths (as many now like to).

The most distinctive thing about our culture, and the wider Western culture to which it belongs, is the status given to the individual as a moral agent, the right to freedom of conscience and the equality of all before the law. All these traits have their roots in Christian beliefs, though they may have been refined over two millennia by other agencies.

These traits may now be part of global culture, but they did not appear by accident.

One has only to look at non-Christian cultures to see how different social conceptions can be.

DOMINIC KIRKHAM

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