The short answer, though hard to answer concretely, is no. Yes, we are living longer than 100 years ago. Birth mortality in developed countries is near zero. Living standards have increased.
But are we really any better off? And if so, has Christianity contributed?
The Enlightenment is a curious moment in history. A moment that said human society could be improved. A moment that believed in progress, human potential, and reason. In contrast, as a rebuff, as if to say in the centuries leading up to the 18th century, it also said society was not improved by Christianity.
This, too, is not true. [Read more…]