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

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The closing of the Western mind : the rise of faith and the fall of reason
Title
The closing of the Western mind
Title remainder
the rise of faith and the fall of reason
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Charles Freeman
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Language
eng
Summary
A radical reappraisal of the impact of Constantine's adoption of Christianity in 368 AD on the later Roman world, and on Western civilization. Adopting those aspects of the religion that suited his purposes, Constantine turned Rome on a course from the relatively open, tolerant and pluralistic civilization of the Hellenistic world, towards a culture that was based on the rule of fixed authority. Only a thousand years later, with the Renaissance and the emergence of modern science, did Europe begin to free itself from the effects of Constantine's decision, yet the effects of his establishment of Christianity as a state religion remain with us, in many respects, today.--From publisher description
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1947-
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Freeman, Charles
Dewey number
940.1/2
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
CB245
LC item number
.F73 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Civilization, Western
  • Christianity
  • Church and state
  • Church history
  • Church history
  • Civilization, Western
  • Hellenism
  • Europe
  • Europe
  • Europe
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The closing of the Western mind : the rise of faith and the fall of reason, Charles Freeman
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [405]-416) and index
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
Control code
ocm51306061
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
xxiii, 432 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9781400040858
Lccn
2002044821
Other physical details
ill., map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 679483
  • (OCoLC)51306061
Label
The closing of the Western mind : the rise of faith and the fall of reason, Charles Freeman
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [405]-416) and index
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
Control code
ocm51306061
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
xxiii, 432 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9781400040858
Lccn
2002044821
Other physical details
ill., map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 679483
  • (OCoLC)51306061

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