This is in response to a challenge thrown out in recent times to begin a new thread listing the many positive influences that Christianity has had in human society throughout the ages. Christianity's astounding impact included: 1. Laws that required justice among all people. (Before this, power and oppression ruled.) 2. Laws that required providing for the feeding of the poor by leaving grains and produce for the poor in the fields.(Law of Moses) 3. Dietary laws instituted hygeine at a time when few practiced it. 4. Jesus' life and teachings have transformed all of world history into two periods as A.D. ("Anno Domini", Latin for "in the year of Our Lord",) and B.C. (before Christ). 5. Christians were the force behind getting the vote for women 6. Christianity is the basis of our jurisprudence, economics, and owning property. 7. Christianity is the force behind fairness for the poor, orphans, widows, and the disenfranchised of every age. 8. Wilberforce's Christian beliefs motivated him to work for liberation of slaves, and to work for child labor laws. 9. Pragmatic evidence of Jesus' teachings: WORK IN REAL LIFE. Jesus' teachings promote healthy relationships, strong marriages, honest business practices, positive parenting, racial reconciliation, cultural kindness, champion the value & dignity of all humans regardless of creed, race, sex, nationality, or orientation. 10. During the great plagues, and black death - Christians cared for the sick. Jesus said to love your enemies, love everyone regardless, and care for others. 11. The Red Cross was begun by a devout Calvinist Christian, Henry Dunant. 12. Salvation Army and Y. M. C. A. were begun by Christians. 13. Divorce is less than 10% when families pray together regularly, attend church regularly, and read the bible regularly. 14. When the French statesman, Alexis de Tocqueville came to this country in the early 1800's. he was startled by the volunteerism that was carried out by associations mostly founded and run by Christians, and said that America's volunteer spirit is its greatest strength. (He went on to say that he did not know ten men in all of France who would do what ordinary Americans do every day as a matter of course.) 15. Mission shelters and soup kitchens in virtually every community in this nation is sponsored for the most part by Christians to dispense Christian mercy and compassion with food and shelter to the destitute. 16. Habitat for Humanity builds homes, Prison Fellowship ministers to the imprisoned outcasts of society. It's Project Angel Tree delivers hundreds of thousands of gifts and Christmas cheer to children of inmates every year. I'm running out of room or I would continue on and on and on listing the impact of Christianity in this world!