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The Closing of the Western Mind by Charles Freeman
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Dec 30, 2009

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Coverage of early Christianity, from Peter and Paul through Constantine and the early church fathers to Aquinas. It shows the early church's disdain for Greek philosophy, as well as its grudging acceptance of the methods of the latter in order to appeal intellectually for the soul of the Roman Empire. Unfortunately, it was Plato whose coattails they decided to ride, which led them into a cul-de-sac which no amount of conjecture on the nature of the trinity could rescue. The result was the catch-all of 'faith', recourse to which stagnated the development of the west for centuries.

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