I need to do more reading on this topic, so I want to ask for materials addressing the following argument from a skeptic that it is actually the Christian who is stealing from the “collective human values” starting with:
"…the muslims accomplished quite a feat during the dark ages of europe and carried the scientific torch and preservation of ancient (pre-christian) knowledge.
"the persians had cyrus the great, and were very tolerant of other cultures. to the jewish people, cyrus was the messiah. zoroastrianism of the magi (the wise ones), came from the persians too.
"the chinese flowered during the tang dynasty…but even before that they had admirable philosophies out of confucius, mencius, lao tzu etc.
"from native cultures , which are ancient, come wisdom that is tied to the environment. that’s why indigenous people should be the caretakers of our planet.
“armando is mistaken, it’s actually christian values that emanate out of collective human values. christians are rather arrogant and often think of themselves as the be all and end all of humanity…but they are sadly mistaken.”
(Quotation was edited for clarity.)
Thanks for your replies!