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 influence of Constantine’s adoption of Christianity at the later Roman global, 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 ecu heritage in ways in which proceed to have repercussions to the current day. Adopting these features of the faith that desirable his reasons, he became Rome on a path from the fairly open, tolerant and pluralistic civilization of the Hellenistic international, in the direction of a tradition that was once in keeping with the rule of thumb of fastened authority, even 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 arrival of the Renaissance and the emergence of recent technological know-how, did Europe start to loose itself from the results of Constantine's determination, but the results of his institution of Christianity as a country faith stay with us, in lots of respects, this day. Brilliantly wide-ranging and bold, it is a significant paintings of background.

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