Is Christianity a Western religion? On whom was it founded?
Christianity, so named after Jesus the Christ, centers around a man born, raised, and killed in the Levant (Middle-East), and a Jew at that—a people defined by a religion and polity that arose exclusively in the Levant.
If we’re going to define the religion of Christianity by the geographic region where it began, then it is a Middle-Eastern religion, one of the three “Abramic” religions (including Judaism and Islam). For the most part, the “story” of Christ is set against a backdrop of Greek and Roman culture. Set against. This is a culture completely different from and antagonistic toward ancient Greek and Roman culture. Jesus the man was born in the Middle East and as an adult never set foot outside of the borders of the Roman-occupied Levant and Sinai peninsula. It is important to understand that the religion we are speaking of is one founded on a single, historical individual. Any modern concept of this belief should we weighed against the original writings of this religion, one that centers around the life and teaching of this individual. This is a religion founded on the life and teaching of a Palestinian Jew, not the legacy of Western philosophy and empire.
In the next post we will look a the origin and initial spreading out of historical Christianity.