Thanking Jesus for Economic Progress

Observation indicates that economic progress and technology originate from countries with large Christian populations, particularly those of a Protestant or evangelical persuasion. One can also observe that no noticeable progress occurs in countries where other religions predominate, such as Islam or Buddhism. For these reasons one can thank Jesus for all modern economic progress, for if Jesus never existed there would be no Christian populations.

Economic progress comes from Jesus because as the Son of God he inherited eternal life, a divine characteristic, from his Father. Following his death and resurrection Jesus was able to share his eternal life with all who would accept it. When millions of Christian participants in the economy have eternal life, the economy has eternal life, which means that it will progress forever. As Jesus said, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." (John 15:5)

Below is a partial list of technologies and advancements that were invented or discovered following Jesus' death and resurrection. Some have been superceded by better advancements. All who use these advancements are in Jesus' debt and have reason to thank him. Sooner or later everyone on Earth benefits from the use of modern technology so all must ultimately bow to him.

Thank You Jesus!

Medieval Water Mill in Belgium
for the greatly expanded use of Water Wheels and Water Mills that occurred in the early medieval period. “From the sixth century on we can trace a slowly expanding technology. The water wheel comes in the sixth century, the stirrup in the eighth, the horse collar and the rudder in the ninth, the windmill in the twelfth, and so on." (K. Boulding) "The quantitative growth of medieval evidence [regarding watermills] appears to be more than a mere reflection of the changing nature of surviving sources. By Carolingian times, references to watermills in the Frankish Realm had become 'innumerable.' At the time of the compilation of the Domesday Book (1086), there were an estimated 6,500 watermills in England alone." (Wikipedia) "The water wheel is understood to have actively shaped and forever changed the outlook of Westerners. Europe began to transit from human and animal muscle labor towards mechanical labor with the advent of the water wheel. Medievalist Lynn White Jr. contended that the spread of inanimate power sources was eloquent testimony to the emergence of the West of a new attitude toward, power, work, nature, and above all else technology." (Wikipedia) Pictured here is a 12th Century Belgian Water Mill.

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First Printing Press (Replica)
for the Printing Press. Pictured above is a replica of the printing press created by Johannes Gutenberg in Mainz, Germany on which over 100 copies of the the first printed book, a Bible, was made in 1455.

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Voyage of Columbus
for the discovery of the New World. Spanish Explorer Christopher Columbus discovered the New World of the Americas during an attempt to sail west from Europe to Asia. Besides the the finding of much new land for Old World settlers (with some opposition by natives), the discovery led to the introduction of many New World crops and animals to the Old World. These included corn (or maize), potatos, tomatos, pumpkins, cocoa, vanilla, blueberries, strawberries, peanuts, rubber, and the turkey. The discovery also led to the introduction of many crops and animals from the Old World to the New. These included wheat, rice, rye, barley, apples, pears, bananas, sugarcane, horses, cattle, donkeys, goats, sheep, and the domestic cat.

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Voyage of Magellan
for the first circumnavigation of the globe. Spanish Explorer Ferdinand Magellan headed a fleet of five ships which sailed from Spain around the southern tip of South America and across the Pacific Ocean. Magellan's ships reached the Phillipines where Magellan was killed in a battle with natives. One of his ships managed to pick up a cargo of cloves from the Spice Islands and returned to Spain by crossing the Indian Ocean and sailing up the west coast of Africa. In Spain the cloves were worth more than their weight in gold.

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First Public Railway
for Rail Transport. Pictured here is a 1925 recreation of the 1825 inauguration of the first public railway to use steam locomotives. The railway ran 25 miles between Stockton-on-Tees and Darlington in northeast England. The original inauguration locomotive pulled 21 coal wagons and a coach. The train carried 450 to 600 passengers, most riding in empty coal wagons fitted with seats. A few rode atop the 8 wagons full of coal. The train left Stockton and arrived in Darlington 3 hours and 7 minutes later. It had made two stops totalling 55 minutes along the way.

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Oldsmobile Curved Dash
for the Automobile. Pictured here is the first mass produced automobile, the Oldsmobile Curved Dash. The car, produced on an assembly line in Detroit, featured a gasoline engine, had a top speed of 20 mph, and sold for US$650. 425 vehicles were produced in 1901 and a total of over 19,000 by 1907.

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First Manned Flight
for Powered Flight. As pictured here the first heavier than air manned flight took place at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 17, 1903.

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Telephone made of Bakelite
for Plastics. The invention of Bakelite, the first commerically produced plastic, was announced on February, 5, 1909. Early telephones like the one above as well as radios were commonly encased in Bakelite.

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First Cellphone
for Cell Phones. The first cell phone call was placed on October 13, 1983 using this model phone, the DynaTAC 8000X.