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I read with great interest the Jan. 25 article, “Region’s ‘nones’ are on the rise, not on the run.” It is especially unfortunate that people have left Christianity because of the bad behavior of Christians; Jesus said the two greatest commandments are to love God and to love other people.

Nevertheless, the only real question is whether Christianity is true, and the answer does not depend on anybody’s behavior.

The great irony of nonbelievers living in the United States is that they enjoy liberty and dignity that were, and to some extent still are, nonexistent in countries lacking the influence of Christianity.

From the rights of women, the treatment of the disabled, the abolition of slavery etc., Western civilization has benefitted immeasurably from Christianity. One only need look at life in the ancient Greek or Roman empires, or life today in certain countries, to verify this.

The contributions of Christianity to the secular world are broad and deep, although they are usually ignored or denied.

For anyone interested in learning more about the effect Christianity has had on Western culture, I’ll be teaching a class Wednesday nights, beginning Feb. 6, at Calvary Gospel Church on Berry Road. The class is free, and all are welcome. It’s a fascinating and largely unknown story.

Mike Roland, Waldorf