You may recall The Manhattan Declaration from 2009 (Christian Leaders Unite on Political Issues – The Ecumenical Manhattan Declaration ) and the response from many Christians around the blogosphere: (The Manhattan Declaration – Another reason why I’ll never support the Manhattan Declaration). Rick Frueh at Judah’s Lion even wrote a parable on the topic, The Manhattan Declaration. Two more related links: Steve Camp, THE DUNG OF OUR OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS …the Manhattan Declaration and A Rebuke to the Manhattan Declaration Signers. I recall my surprise at those named who did sign it…in particular, Albert Mohler.
I wonder if all those signees agree with The Manhattan Declaration’s latest article and list, which frankly I find somewhat bizarre;
If Christ were never born, our history, our surrounding, every culture, and even the earth would be a vastly different place. Think about it, if Christ were never born, there would be no reason to have Christmas and your very birth is questionable (would your parents have met?).
Famous Buildings, There would be no Cathedrals in Europe. The Louvre Museum which held a majority of confiscated church property may not have opened as it did in 1793. The famous Westminster Abbey probably wouldn’t have been constructed.
Art, The influence of Christ’s life greatly influenced the arts. Michelangelo wouldn’t have painted the Sistine Chapel and there would be no Pieta in the Vatican- further, no Vatican at all.
Classical Music, Famous composer, Johann Sebastian Bach, is considered one of the most important and influential European classical music composers of all time. Most of Bach’s music was written for the Lutheran church. Even Mozart used parts of his religious compositions in secular cantatas and pieces from his operas for church purposes. It is unlikely that either composer would have had such passion for developing original music had that passion not been birthed and nurtured in a Christian Church.
Discovery of America, Christian writers whose works clearly reflect the conviction that the Earth is spherical include Saint Bede the Venerable in his Reckoning of Time, written around AD 723. In Columbus’ time, the techniques of celestial navigation, which use the position of the Sun and the Stars in the sky, together with the understanding that the Earth is a sphere, were widely used by mariners. Columbus himself saw his accomplishments [of exploring the Americas] primarily in the light of the spreading of the Christian religion. – Wikipedia United States of America Christianity was the largest influence in the beginning of the United States of America. Europeans had wanted religious freedom and found they had to come to the Americas to rediscover it. The Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and America’s legal and political foundation are dramatically influenced by Jesus birth- and not just because the authors were primarily Christian, but because the principles of the Bible they carried with them have been transferred into the above as cornerstones of freedom.
Israel, Israel would be a different place… there would be no reason to visit Galilee, Bethlehem, or Golgotha (the place of Christ’s crucifixion), or even some of the places chronicled in the old testament (which was spread globally by Christians with a conviction to go into all the earth). America would not be the biggest Alli and protector of Israel without the conviction of Christian leaders in the US who have historically believed that Christians should support God’s Chosen People.
Wine, The global wine industry has been largely impacted by the church and America. In medieval Europe, following the decline of Rome and its industrial-scale wine production for export, the Christian Church became a staunch supporter of the wine necessary for celebration of the Catholic Mass. Also, the practice of grafting in resistant American wine grape rootstock to guard against phylloxera has been used globally. Had American rootstock not been available and used, there would be no wine industry in Europe or most places because of the devastating Phylloxera louse of the 1870s.
Holidays, The following holidays & observances would be non-existent without America being founded by Christian people escaping religious persecution: Memorial Day, Thanksgiving Day, Veteran’s Day, Fourth of July, Martin Luther King Day, Columbus Day, and on and on.
I’ve nothing more to add….