Western civilization

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Broadly put, Western civilization is the set of historical, intellectual, religious and cultural achievements of European and European-descended societies spanning from ancient Greek times to the present. Western civilization is lauded for its achievements and contributions to humanity in fields such as the arts, law, invention, science, religion, democracy, commerce, and philosophy and has developed a freedom of religion and thought that is lacking in many parts of the world.

Christianity is/has been a very significant component of Western civilization and it has had a very great effect on Western civilization.[1] It is frequently argued that there is no Western civilization without Christianity.[2]

The three main pillars of Western civilization are: Christianity, the Roman empire's influence (Roman law, etc.) and the ancient Greek culture.

Western civilization was not without its faults, such as allowing a rebirth of slavery that had largely been extinguished in that part of the world much earlier and colonization of other areas around the globe due to the superior technology that Europe had discovered and implemented. But much of the colonization brought better health and longer lifespans to impoverished people.

See also


  1. CHRISTIANITY AND THE WEST by by Wolfhart Pannenberg, First Things website
  2. There's No Western Civilization without Christianity by Daniel Lattier