Some people say that the moral based from the point of view of another person started with Christianity.

The Anglo in the past history would say that it is not good to rob a bag of an old lady because if you pich from the weak you will despite yourself. But after and due to Christianity the emphasize was more on the fact that the robbery would cause harm and turmoil to the lady.

So there was a change from the perspective of what moral is. But when in history and literature is for the first time spoken about a more empathetically moral. Is that really after Jesus had spoken or also before Jesus?

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  • Isn't this more of a question for History SE or Christianity SE?
    – Conifold
    Commented Feb 25, 2016 at 19:44
  • Maybe I'm not reading carefully enough but what is the question about philosophy here?
    – virmaior
    Commented Feb 26, 2016 at 10:55

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A more common (but still debatable claim) is that with Christianity, religion and philosophy fused in a way that had not before in the west (that is, Greek and Roman pagan theology did not dialog with philosophy in the way that, eg Augustine or Aquinas seemed to work in the overlap between the two).

To answer your question, consider these three examples:

So, just based on these three data points, it's safe to say that morality is not a Christian invention, given that three prominent Christian philosophers (Augustine, Albert and Aquinas) think otherwise.

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