The Closing of the Western Mind: The Rise of Faith and the Fall of Reason

The Closing of the Western Mind: The Rise of Faith and the Fall of Reason

Charles Freeman

an intensive and strong reappraisal of the effect of Constantine’s adoption of Christianity at the later Roman international, and at the next improvement either one of Christianity and of Western civilization.

When the Emperor Contstantine switched over to Christianity in 368 advert, he replaced the process eu historical past in ways in which proceed to have repercussions to the current day. Adopting these facets of the faith that ideal his reasons, he became Rome on a direction from the rather open, tolerant and pluralistic civilization of the Hellenistic global, in the direction of a tradition that was once in keeping with the rule of thumb of fastened authority, no matter if that of the Bible, or the writings of Ptolemy in astronomy and of Galen and Hippocrates in medication. just a thousand years later, with the appearance of the Renaissance and the emergence of recent technological know-how, did Europe start to loose itself from the results of Constantine's selection, but the consequences of his institution of Christianity as a kingdom faith stay with us, in lots of respects, at the present time. Brilliantly wide-ranging and impressive, it is a significant paintings of historical past.

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