Hi, 60 + years ago I developed the following deceptively simple proposition which I am presenting here in the hope that, on the basis of understanding it, it will receive a just and honest, unbiased and rational consideration as to its merits, primarily, in regards to offering an explanation of the importance of "Christian" related religions to the development of, and to the survival of 'this sophisticated civilised society.
*It is not part of a religious debate. It has nothing to do with the veracity of The Bible, of God, of ones religious convictions or of Christianity per se* only to do with the influences of their creeds and doctrines.
The basis of the proposition is that this Free Sophisticated Civilised society exists only because of Roman Catholicism and Christianity and that Roman Catholicism and Christianity permeates, directly or indirectly, virtually every aspect of this Sophisticated Civilised society to the extent that the "religions" and the influences of them and society are so intertwined as to be inseparable.
The full understanding of this proposition will give one the key to answering most, if not all, of the philosophical questions of the day.
For something like 1500 years Roman Catholicism's domination, control and influence in European centres of power, which came out of the 'unification' of the hundreds of squabbling and fighting principalities, maintained an element of order (believe it or not) in Europe.
Over time, the part of Roman Catholicism's doctrine, which included the history of the Jews, namely the Ten Commandments, became incorporated into the Laws of most of the countries of Europe.
Partly due to England's break from Rome and in Germany, Martin Luther's Protestantism, and with the gradual and increasing sophistication of societies, the basics of the Ten Commandments became an integral element in defining the justice of the Law's of the "Christianised" countries and became the essence of 'The laws of the land'/s and eventually became accepted as "The Law" by the proletariat, i.e. you and I, as being the norm. It is the laws that emanated from Moses stone tablets via the religion of Roman Catholicism and the tenets of Christianity and the concepts of Protestantism which have directly or indirectly influenced you and I to be what we are. It is having grown up in an atmosphere of security and with the protection of benevolent laws that allows one the freedom to, within the bounds of, for example, decency and morality, to say what we want and to do what we want, it is the universal acceptance of these laws which has influenced us to expect from our neighbours the kind of decent and polite treatment that they would expect from us.
It is because we have developed and grown up in a comparatively secure and safe environment where the laws, the kind of morality and ethics that have given us our concept of right and wrong, of honesty and dishonesty, etc that has allowed us, that is you and me as well as other people to evolve a psychological dependency on the expectation of having a future to continue in, etcetera.
I am sure that almost anybody could extrapolate for themselves the importance of and the impact that Christianity has had on, directly and indirectly, developing moral or ethical values that they them selves might have. I am also sure that almost everybody must be able to recognise that there is nobody unaffected by the influences of Christianity and its effects.
Consider what it is that has held the (westernised) Sophisticated "Christian" Civilised Societies that 'we' are all a part of together. Consider firstly from your own personal perspective the characteristic of you expecting others to adhere to the basic laws and the rules and values which have evolved out of the basic tenets of "Christianity". The laws, rules and taboos which have been the bonding meme of the society of tens of millions of free thinking individuals. The laws and rules and taboos that you have never really questioned, the ones that you have just taken for granted and absorbed and which have become an integral part of your being, from being that young child and screaming "But that’s not fair" to the maturity of becoming spontaneously distressed by the evil or immoral activity of others who do not respect the same values as you.
Now, and here is the nub, consider that we all, you, me and every person who we know and every person who we have ever known or met and every person who we have ever seen, and, every person who we have ever heard of and every person who lives or has lived in a Sophisticated Civilised Society; AND, Everything that you or I and any of these other people have ever done, thought, wanted or owned as well as every judgement and decision that you, I or they have ever made has been, or is, directly or indirectly influenced by or is the product of the tenets of Christianity and the Judaic ten Commandments irrespective whether you, I or they are conscious of the fact. It is because of these tenets that, Free Sophisticated Civilised Societies exists. It is because of them that you, me and anyone else, whether you or I or they are clever or thick, intellectual or not, has the freedom to pander to their or our expectations of and enjoy the freedom, the security and protection that the society affords, irrespective of any contribution that any of us has made to it.
Denouncing the existence of the Christian/Judaic God by people, who claim an intellectual prowess, on the grounds that there is no proof of its existence is pretty bizarre when one considers that the proof of almost anything they claim to believe, unless they are very very old, will only be supported by the quoting of the Bible equivalent of quoting of "science" journal snippets and hearsay and not by any physical, empirical or fundamental research by themselves.
Surely I can't be the only atheist to cringe with embarrassment for them when I do hear or read misguided, false, and bellicose claims and premises which indicate a complete lack of understanding, not only of the history and the nature of religion but more importantly, of its importance and role in the evolution of Mankind including them selves. This also includes the evolution of "science" as a academic discipline, given that for a thousand + years the worlds centres of academia, philosophy, science and record keeping were directly related to "religious" patronage of "religious" people in "religious" schools, colleges and universities.