Ancient Rome’s brutal culture exploited the weak and considered human life expendable. Women were used as property; unwanted children were left on the streets to die. Four centuries later, even ordinary men and women prospered in what had become a vigorous new Christian society. Faith had triumphed. Christian society flourished in the West for the next 1500 years. These eye-opening pages document the many ways in which Christians penetrated and civilized that debased Roman empire, introducing then-radical notions such as the equal dignity of women, respect for life, protection of the weak and the obligation of rulers to serve those they rule and maximize their freedom. The struggles and hard lessons the early Christians learned afford us hope that, by imitating their example, we may do the same for our culture today. Paper
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