Twelve Books that show how Christmas changed the world.
On the third day of Christmas, our True Love gave the world: revitalized Greco-Roman thought and morals.
One thing Hart attempts is to set a context for what Christianity accomplished in the ancient world:
"Pagan cult was never more tolerant than it is tolerance -- without any qualms of conscience -- of poverty, disease, starvation, and homelessness; of gladiatorial spectacle, crucifixion, the exposure of unwanted infants, or the public slaughter of war captives or criminals on festive occasions; of, indeed, almost every imaginable form of tyranny, injustice, depravity, or cruelty."
How long would it take to properly digest those two sentences -- or even to spit them out? One does slowly develop the feeling, though, that Hart knows what he's talking about, and that the picture he paints of the ancient world, and how the Gospel began (sometimes quickly, but often over long centuries) to transform it, may be the central story of human history. This is one literary, pugnatious, and dogmatic bookend to that story.