I like you so forgive me when I say this, but some of the things you say in your post are very ignorant.
It's impossible to play the "What-If?" game, so I don't want to do that, but I'd like to point out some things that either still happen today,
regardless of whether or not Jesus was real, or have developed in other parts of the world independantly of Christianity.
I was always under the impression that slavery was thrown out of the US because of international pressure, not religious beleifs.
Slavery has not disappeared today... there's a healthy human-trafficking market, and many, many people who are subsiding on menial wages, especialyl
in 3rd world countries working to support the US. Not free at all.
I don't like how you lump all non-beleives into the catagory of "pagan." There have been many different cultures, who all have different beleifes
as to the nature of men, women, and human sexuality, and they should all be discussed and compared within their own context.
That being said, the Christian ideal of males at the "head of the houshold" has caused just as much pain as any other system.
Would there be true compassion and mercy? Probably not! Jesus’ ministry gave an elevated position to the lowly. Notice the Good Samarian…
it’s still a part of a vocabulary . While there are good charitable efforts outside of the name of Jesus, Christain charities stand out. Mother
Theresa, the Salvation Army, religious hospitals, and church supported soup kitchens/thrift shops, etc. Saint Nick, too, was a saint.
This one really makes me go . Of course
there would be true compassion and mercy. They are just as much a part of the human spirit as anger
and hatred, just harder to bring out.
Do some reading into Buddhism, for example... compassion and charity is a major tenant of the religion.
It's unfair to say that things like the Salvation Army sustainable charities only because they are Christian. It's actually that are Christian
charities because Christianity is the only dominant and accepted religious system in the West.
How would Children fair? Not Good! Back in the day infanticide was not only legal, it was applauded. In Roman culture the killing one's own children
could be an act of beauty. It was the early Christian church that ultimately brought an end to infanticide. The modern pro-life movement is largely
Christian. This pro-life view has been true from the very beginning of Christianity. An early Christian document, the Didache, contained instructions
Infanticide has not stopped. It's even documentable here in our own culture.
What about Education? Would be way behind! Remember Judeo/Christian tradition certainly put an emphasis on the written word. The phenomenon of
education for the masses has its roots in the Protestant Reformation. Please do a little research here.
Before the reformation the Church was actively stymying the progress of Western thought. This has improved only marginally today.
Please do some historical reasearch into the education and scientific prowess of Ancient China, Ancient India, and early Islamic cultures. You may be
surprised. China had a profound knowledge of chemestry, both India and China were proficiant at weaving, dying, and medicine, and the Islamic nations
profoundly increased human knowledge of astronomy and mathematics. These countries did not follow Jesus.
Likewise, oriental written alphabets and numeric systems far predate Christianity.
I will not deny you that Christianity has inspired some stunning works of art. I am particulaly awed by Catholic cathedrals, vestments, and Biblical
illustrations. But once again, please keep in mind that the 3 cultures I listed above, and many, many without influence of Christianity, have just as
profound of an artistic repetoire.
It's also unfair to suggest that art began with Christianity. Every culture has its art, but most hasn't survived to our eyes.
The structure of the AMerican government was based largely on the writings of the Enlightenment. Secular scholars. It was also influenced by the
Iraqois government, who once again were not Christian.
Those are my thoughts OT! Hope they help you out a bit!