This book, What Has Christianity Ever Done for Us?: How It Shaped the Modern World, by Jonathan Hill, brought to mind the Monty Python sketch 'What have the Romans ever done for us'.
Some blurb from IVP about the book.
Hill tells the story of the centuries-long entanglement between Christianity and Western culture, he shows the profound influence that Christianity has had--from what we drink to how we speak, from how we write to how we mark the seasons. Employing a rich, narrative style packed with events and people and illustrated throughout in full color, he describes the place of Christianity both in history and in the present day.
What Has Christianity Ever Done for Us? is an enlightening and often humorous tour of culture and thought, the arts, the landscape, education, society, spirituality and ethics, and social justice. Here is a rich, entertaining and informative read.