Many in our world say that Christianity is a negative force.
They claim it’s caused wars, suppressed people, led to injustice and diminished human flourishing.
In fact, seventy-six percent of people on a poll conducted on the ABC TV program Q&A believed that religious faith did not make the world a better place — it’s a negative force.
Yet, Rodney Stark, a renowned author and sociologist wrote a book The Rise of Christianity, explaining how it became a global religion. He concluded by saying that the ultimate factor in the rise of Christianity was that:
"Central Doctrines of Christianity prompted and sustained attractive, liberating and effective social relations and organisations."
In his mind, Christianity rose to prominence in the Ancient world because it was actually a powerful force for good.