The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


We have made a difference

Christianity has produced great human good and countless postive contributions to culture

From the handful of followers who first heard the teachings of Jesus to the 2.2 billion members of various denominations alive today, Christians were to be a force to heal and transform the world. And after 2,000 years of believing, Christians comprise 33.1 percent of the world's population.

Beyond the numbers, exactly how successful has this faith been? What are its prospects for the future? If Jesus were to return to Earth today, would he recognize his teachings as preached and practiced by his followers through the ages?

Anyone who has been lifted from despair to hope, moved from hate to love, or vaulted from doubt to faith is likely to judge the 20 centuries of Christianity as worthwhile. So would believers who have been sustained in slavery or liberated from oppression.

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