Thoughts On Christianity
Where Christianity differs from the other major world religions is that, at a practical level, it has tolerated the growth of secularism.* This, I believe, has allowed Western philosophy and science to develop at a much faster rate than other, more ideologically rigid societies. The absolute truths of the Church have been openly questioned, and disproved in many a mind, at the tacit behest of the same Church. I believe that this is a major reason why Westerners are taught to question as a matter of course. This questioning nature is largely absent in many parts of the world - perhaps most notably in the big Asian cultures of China and Japan, although it's found in India. The Westerner's propensity to question is a huge factor in our scientific pre-eminence. Due to this, Western societies have modernised at a much faster rate than the rest of the world. Hence the highly developed nature of our societies.
So, as for being a Christian apologist, I declare openly that I am nothing of the sort. I am proud of our traditions, and Christianity is an aspect of those traditions. I am glad that over time, Christianity has proven itself to be a flexible faith, a faith that does not attempt to control those that don't accept its truths and version of history. A faith that has allowed its own stature and power to be dimished in return for the society it exists in to rise. This may not have been intentional on the part of the Church, however it's undeniably the history of Christianity and the West. To that extent, I greatly appreciate and respect the Christian faith.
*That's not to say that the Church never tried to resist the march of science - Galileo springs to mind - but it is undeniable that the Christian West is mainly secular these days.