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The closing of the Western mind : the rise of faith and the fall of reason

Author: Charles Freeman
Publisher: London : Heinemann, 2002.
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"This book is an exploration of the process by which the European mind was closed by the revolution of the fourth century. Its concerns are many: the rise of the 'divine' monarch in a tradition here traced back to Alexander the Great, the struggles as Christianity painfully separated itself from Judaism, the conflict between faith and reason, the problems in finding any kind of rational basis for Christian theology.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Freeman, Charles, 1947-
Closing of the Western mind.
London : Heinemann, 2002
(OCoLC)988863276
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Freeman
ISBN: 0434008532 9780434008537
OCLC Number: 51222088
Description: xxiii, 470 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Thomas Aquinas and "the triumph of faith" --
The quest for certainty --
The quest for virtue --
Changing political contexts : Alexander and the coming of the Hellenistic monarchies --
Absorbing the East, Rome and the integration of Greek culture --
"All nations look to the majesty of Rome" : the Roman empire at its height --
The empire in crisis, the empire in recovery : political transformations in the third century --
Jesus --
Paul, "the founder of Christianity"? --
"A crowd that lurks in corners, shunning light" : the first Christian communities --
Constantine and the coming of the Christian State --
"But what I wish, that must be canon" : emperors and the making of Christian doctrine --
"Enriched by the gifts of matrons" : bishops and society in the fourth century --
Six emperors and a bishop : Ambrose of Milan --
Interlude : Quintus Aurelius Symmachus and the defence of paganism --
The ascetic odyssey --
Eastern Christianity and the emergence of the Byzantine Empire, 395-600 --
The emergence of Catholic Christianity in the West, 395-640 --
"We honour the privilege of silence which is without peril" : the death of the Greek empirical tradition --
Thomas Aquinas and the restoration of reason.
Responsibility: Charles Freeman.
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