Closing of the Western Mind

Closing of the Western Mind

The Rise of Faith and the Fall of Reason

Book - 2002
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Publisher: New York, NY : Knopf : 2002
ISBN: 9781400040858
140004085X
Branch Call Number: 940.12 F877c
Characteristics: 432p illus

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naturalist
Sep 23, 2015

similarly:
“The Tragedy of Theology: How Religion Caused and Extended the Dark Age”
by Andrew Bernstein
https://www.theobjectivestandard.com/issues/2006-winter/tragedy-of-theology/

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naturalist
Sep 09, 2015

from Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Freeman_(historian) . . .
and, read . . .
"A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom" . . .
by Andrew Dickson White 1832-1918

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wyenotgo
Aug 03, 2015

The topic explored in this book sits in stark contrast against a study of classical Greece and it brings a new slant to the world of late antiquity covered in "Justinian's Flea" which I had just finished reading.
Here we enter the beginnings of the medieval world where, as in our own times, religion -- and particular orthodoxy came to be used as a means of establishing power over mankind.
To achieve this end, bishops and emperors deliberately subverted most of the immense intellectual capital of classical Greece.
A pernicious example is the ploy whereby virtue, truth and rational inquiry is replaced by faith and obedience -- to the outrageous extent that faith and obedience are actually held up as being VIRTUES IN THEMSELVES, whereas any questioning of authority is condemned as heresy or sin.
Surely this subversion of reason is one of the greatest evils to be laid at the feet of Christianity, right along with that of sponsoring wars, witchhunts, pogroms and the Inquisition.
But of course Christianity is not alone in doing this: the extent to which it is practised by Islam is only too well known.
And others professing no religion at all have done likewise, notably the Communist Party of China, in its repeated denunciation of anyone seen as questioning current Party orthodoxy.
A very well written book, but it largely covers a tragic era in the "Western" world.

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