Subject (Course): Christianity: Ethics and Business. Christians Businesspeople. Syllabus:
“Whatever you want people to do to you, do to them too, this sums up the law and the prophets.” Christian Golden Rule.
The subject “Christianity” consists of twelve parts:
1- Introduction to Christianity.
Subject “Catholicism” consists of six parts:
6- Other Christian denominations.
9- Christians Businesspeople.
African Christian businesswomen.
African Christian Businesspeople.
American Christian Businesspeople.
European Christian Businesspeople.
Arab Christian Businesspeople.
10- Some Christians Spiritual Leaders
11- Other distinguished Christians (Summary).
Appendix. Transatlantic Slave Trade: its relationship with Christianity (Summary).
Orthodoxy is analysed in another module
“He went about doing good.” Acts 10,34
Sample of the subject - Christianity
Subject Description: Christianity: Ethics and Business:
With a history of 2,000 years, Christianity is the religion that has more followers, 2,300 million followers worldwide, followed by Islam (1,977 million) and Hinduism (950 million). Approximately there are 7,000 millions of people Worldwide, i.e., approximately:
One-third of humanity is a Christian.
Christianity is spread worldwide. In 1910 (according to PewForum) had about 600 millions of Christians, 66% of Christians lived in Europe.
However, today Europe represents only 26% (565 million) of Christianity, America (37%, 804 million) surpasses Europe, Africa has 24% (516 million) of Christians, and the Asia-Pacific region has 13% (285 million). From this point of view:
Christianity is probably the most globalised of all religions.
Christianity shares spaces with virtually all world religions: Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism. This privileged position should be one of his strengths, and thus a key player in the inter-religious dialogue and the pursuit of Global Ethics. This geographic diversity allows us to understand Christianity better.
Christianity is lived very differently by a Catholic from the Philippines or Spain, by a Russian Orthodox or by an American Protestant. In many countries and regions (especially in Africa) it should be taken into account also the syncretism with animist religions. Christianity is present in the historic opulence of the Vatican, but also on a mission in Central America.
The Christian Civilisation has seen the birth of great holy men (St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Augustine, Teresa of Calcutta, Henry David Thoreau, Leo Tolstoy, Albert Schweitzer, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Martin Luther King, Vincent Ferrer, Hans Kung, Desmond Tutu, Martin Luther King), but also has led to the emergence of the great Satan of the history of humanity (Hitler, Stalin) These Satan have emerged when a totalitarian state has replaced religion.
We must be able to differentiate the simple message of Jesus, based on love, on the actions committed by the Church throughout its history; we must be able to prosecute these actions as fruits of the human being. Only thus; we can understand the beautiful message of Christianity:
Love, non-violence, social justice, and peace among men.
“Love is patient and kind.
We must never forget that all three religions of the book, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism have common roots: the three are monotheistic - share the same God, are “historical-prophetic” religions and ethical principles are very similar.
Like Judaism and Islam, Christianity is a historical religion, focused on the figure of one of the spiritual geniuses of humanity: the Jewish Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus shares many principles with other great spiritual geniuses of history. Almost all of them left nothing written, did not have or reneging of their possessions, surely they did not know writing; we hardly know anything about their lives, especially of his youth. Moreover, none of them wanted to create any religion; they were primarily reformers.
“Love your neighbour as yourself” Luke 10:27
The concept of Christian love should be a fundamental component of a global ethic.
It is important to reflect that we have so little information about his life, and today, 2000 years later, the spiritual figure which most people worship in the World.
“He has sent down upon you, the Book in truth, confirming what was before it. Moreover, He revealed the Torah (law of Moses) and the Gospel of Jesus (Isa), as a guide to humanity, and he sent the criteria between goodness and badness.” Holy Qur'an, Sura 3
Catholics, Orthodox, and Copts, share the same seven Sacraments.