This is a rhetorical question, of course, but one that I don’t think is taken seriously enough in the West anymore. A lot of this has to do with the fact that factions within Christianity have given this religion a very bad name over the centuries, as has the work of left-wing intellectuals to discredit this good religion’s name and accomplishments.
Without going into too many details, I think it would be good to take a step back and view where most of humanity’s scientific, intellectual, and economic progress has taken place over the last five hundred years.
On top of this remarkable feat, I think it would be safe to assume that Christianity also has provided the room for a vast array of religious sects and altogether different religious beliefs to flourish under its domain. Just think of the influence that Atheism has on today’s Western society. Although I consider Atheism to be a branch off of Judaism (and as such, a fraternal religion to Christianity), it would not have been able to flourish or exert the influence it has today without the extensive influence of Christianity on the thought of the West’s greatest thinkers over the past 800 years.
And just think of the influence that Protestantism has had on not only the West but the whole world over the past 500 years as well.
But what is it specifically about Christianity that makes it so radical? Is it the focus on the individual? Don’t Daoism and Buddhism also stress individual importance? The focus on Jesus of Nazareth’s teachings? Or is it, as I suspect, the fact that Christianity harbors a tone of dissidence about it that is unrivaled among the other large religions of the world? I think that a strong case can be made for a general mood in Christianity’s doctrines that stress the importance of disobedience.
What do y’all think? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter!