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Freeman, Charles

The closing of the western mind. The rise of faith and the fall of reason

  • Editorial: Pimlico
  • Páginas: 470
  • Año: 2003
  • Precio: 22.15 €
  • EAN: 9780712664981

When the Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity in AD 312 he changed the course of European history in a way that continues to have repercussions to the present day. Adopting those aspects ofthe religion that suited his purposes, he truned Rome on a course from the relatively open, tolerant and pluralistic civilization of the Hellenistic world towards a culture based on the rule of fixed authority - whether that of the Bible, the writings of Ptolemy in astronomy, and of Galen and Hippocrates in medicine.Only a thousand years later, with the Renaissance and the emergence of modern science, was Europe to begin to free itself from the effects of Constantine´s decision. The Church, on the other hand, remains hierarchical and authoritarian, and the effects persist to this day of Constantine´s establishment of Christianity as a state religion.

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