The singular answer, NO. Many people, even atheists mistakenly acknowledge that Christianity provides some sort of “good” or some sort of sevice to mankind. This is a grave mistake. Acknowledgment of any type of good only promotes this religion, even if it has a small effect, any promotion and therefore facilitation of Christianity can only lead to terrible consequences. Why? Let me illustrate with the help from some other blog posts. I recently read a post by Atheist Revolution and a post by Greta Christina. I thoroughly disagreed with the post by Atheist Revolution and thoroughly agreed with the post by Greta Christina.
Greta Christina said that religion provides one and only contribution to mankind, it provides people the opportunity for a belief in a higher being. I agreed with this because I do see religion as an idea that is at least benign if not a good thing. The etymology of the word religion comes from the Latin root religare, which means to link or bond, ultimately meaning to link with a higher power. This is not in itself a bad thing and can bring many benefits to individuals and therefore mankind (that is what anti-theists are about, if theism is bad for mankind, and we are anti-theists, that means we want to support things that are good for mankind).
I disagreed with AR post because it acknowledged that Christianity specifically can bring about some “good”. It cited some examples of Churches providing a place to convene after the Columbine shootings and expressed the ability for those people to mourn together in the Church. This is supposed “good contribution” is entirely untrue and we must not be caught in this trap. I will post my reply to the Atheist Revolution post here to illustrate why this is a mistake:
AR, I do appreciate you attempting to acknowledge good being done by Christian Churches as it shows a spirit of humanity and compassion that all humans have. However, I must disagree. My belief system is not just Atheism but Anti-theism. Anti-theism sees theism as not only untrue, but extremely dangerous. Any sort of promotion, evangelism, advocacy of Christianity can only be a bad thing for our society. Although it may seem that these Christian Churches are providing comfort an solace to the family members of the victims, the entire effect must be looked at here. Ultimately this will promote this religion as something good, or that it benefits society in at least some respect, but this is a mistake. It will probably lead to new adherents and cause Christianity to be looked at with more compassion. This cannot stand. More adherents, more positive attention is always a bad thing. Need I remind everyone on this forum the atrocities that Christianity has bestowed on mankind? Need I remind everyone that their basic belief is that mankind is innately evil? Need I remind everyone that according to them we deserve to be tortured for eternity? Need I remind you that these beliefs are what has led to their atrocities. No AR, this “Good” that organized religion provides is nothing more than a false good and our acknowledgment of this i, worse than other acknowledgements because we are supposed to be their biggest critics.
What good is Christianity? No good whatsoever. What good does us giving it even an ounce of credit? No good whatsoever, in fact, it can only make things worse.