“In ancient Greece and Rome, human life had very little value. The Spartans left weak children to die on the hillside. Infanticide was common, as it is even today in many parts of the world. Fathers who wanted sons had few qualms about drowning their newborn daughters. Human being were routinely bludgeoned to death or mauled by wild animals in the Roman gladiatorial arena. the greatest of the classical thinkers, from Seneca to Cicero, saw nothing wrong with these practices. Christianity banned them, and Christianity introduced the moral horror we now feel when we hear about them.”
As an undergraduate major in Ancient History with a minor in Greek language at the University of Maryland, I can tell you that D’Souza is spot on in his analysis of ancient Rome and Greece. Most people would be appalled at what they would find under the sanitized-for-modern-sensibilities pictures we often have painted for us of the major thinkers of the ancient world.
But Christ and Christianity changed all that. The Church is flawed and embarrassing to both Christ and many of his followers, but it is still the number one force for good in the world and still contains the gospel which gives hope to all men and women both for this life and the next.
Don’t forget that. And if you need some more encouragement about the winsomeness of a consistent, humble, but confident defense of the gospel, here’s a link that you might want to pass on to every doubting saint and every atheist who is truly seeking the truth that you know. It is the powerful testimony of a former atheist who came to faith, in large part, to reading atheist Richard Dawkins website! It will encourage your faith.