Christianity began on the margins of the Roman Empire, and is the foundation of Western Civilization. Christianity in the West has provided meaning and hope, social cohesion, a shared world view, and a narrative that makes sense of the world. It has now, for the most part, been replaced by materialism which has no place for meaning and hope, no mechanism to generate human social cohesion and no world but the one in which it is found. It is now time to go back to Christianity and review the things that have been forgotten and that produced meaning and hope. It is time to take seriously the study of Chinese scholars who in pursuing the secret of the greatness of Western Civilization concluded that it was all because of the culture: Christianity. Christianity produced a civilization so successful, so prosperous and so attractive, that people from all over the world have sought to move to a western country to,have "a better life". Unless there is a serious return to an examination of the evidence for meaning and hope in Christianity and a recognition that all that is regarded as of lasting value in life flows from that source, Christianity will continue to fade to the margins and the "better life" that it produced will fade along with it.....
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About the Author
Dr. William J. Wilson, graduated from a four year program of theological studies receiving a Dip.Th. He received an undergraduate degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, and another undergraduate degree from the University of Manitoba. After further study at the University of Manitoba he received his Masters degree. This was followed by teaching, study and research at the University of Alberta from which he received the Ph.D degree. He is a Canadian historian and has worked in the field of urban history with a focus on the Industrial Revolution. He has taught at the high school and university level and is currently engaged as a writer on subjects relating to Christianity and the modern world. He has written on practical issues involved in the Christian witness among youth in secular society, and on Christianity as the foundation of Western Civilization....