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Ratman21 wrote:

: Has Christianity being a 'Western religion' closed its doors to other groups of other nationality, ethnicity, races? Or how open do you think this is
Christianity a western religion!!! No it is more of a eastern religion. It started in the mid-east, its roots are in a eastern religion (Judaism). Why its viewed as a western religion is because the pepole it was first opened too rejected it (Jews a eastern group) but, the pepole of the west were more open to it. So it spred west warded but, its roots are still in the mid-east


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Christianity a western religion!!! No it is more of a eastern religion. It started in the mid-east, its roots are in a eastern religion (Judaism).

I agree, but only in part. When we--the modern world--make mention of ideas being eastern or western we are talking about their cultivation. For instance, Christianity has its influence through many waters. Geologically, yes Christianity was, in its insemination, eastern. However, the context of Christian theology and philosophy, respectively, is Western. So simply put, Christianity is Western in its theology and ideology; however, its organic whole is Eastern, geologically speaking.

For more on the western influence, one should read Aquinas or Anselm. Classical Christian influence was also galvanized by the Classical* culture of the Greeks. Meaning that a lot of the theological influence was also found in Greek influence. Any historian will tell you the same. We find these influences as early as Augustine, third cen. AD. Hope that helps.


*Usually when historians make reference to Classical culture, it refers to the early Roman/late Greek empire, aka "Antiquity."
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