Monday, December 05, 2005

Pagan Contributions to the Modern World?

In the thread about the extra-cannonical Christian writings I mentioned how barbaric humanity have been to each other in the past and this got me thinking.

It could be argued that the recent improvements in human rights etc. have arisen through Christians inspired by the "love your neighbour" message of Christianity into fighting uncompromisingly for the rights of others.

Are there Pagan equivalents to this pro-active imperative that I've overlooked or do we owe the improvements of the last few hundred years entirely to Christianity?

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