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This had a huge influence on Great Britain at the time which partly explains why this little island in the North Atlantic was able to control 20% of the world's population at one time and why those countries Britain influenced most have all been a power in their areas.
Golden rule quotes from various religions
The vast majority of "Christian values" existed prior to Jesus and especially prior to Christianity and are part of a good number, if not most, cultures in at least a very similar way.
"A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Keep your religion out of other people's marriages.
I'm sure there were philosophers prior to Jesus who shared similar ideas but none of them had the impact his did.
To get a grasp on Christianity i think it is as important to read Bertrand Russell (History of western philosophy) as much as it is to read CS Lewis (Mere Christianity). Their ideas often conflict but their arguments are both worthwhile. People will probably find things in the New Testament they may not agree with (and plenty in the OT) but there is little doubt the general thrust of the philosophy influenced much of the western world today.