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The Darkening Age The Christian Destruction of the Classical World review ð 3 The Darkening Age is the largely unknown story of how a militant religion deliberately attacked and suppressed the teachings of the Classical world ushering in centuries of unuestioning adherence to 'one true faith'Despite the long held notion that the early Christians were meek and mild going to their martyr's deaths singing hymns of love and praise the truth as Catherine Nixey reveals. Hypatia circa 350 370 CE to 415 CE Philosopher astronomer and mathematician of AlexandriaKnowing what I already knew about the destruction of the great Library of Alexandria and the torture and murder of the brilliant philosopher and mathematician Hypatia I knew the early Christians weren t exactly kind to those who didn t believe as they did I knew there was much they destroyed of the ancient world much that is forever lost to history because they had no tolerance for those whose beliefs differed from there own I did not however realise the extent to which they decimated the art culture and wisdom of the ancients Catherine Nixey s The Darkening Age The Christian Destruction of the Classical World is an incredibly interesting and informative book Contrary to what many Christians believe or want to believe their forbearers were not the martyrs they liked to see themselves as but instead were usually the ones who bullied tortured and killed others Ms Nixey goes into detail about the supposed martyrdom of the early Christians and there was indeed some intolerance for the Christians However it was not because of their Christian faith that they were killed nor were they killed by the thousands in the first few centuries of Christianity but the hundreds They were killed not because they believed in the Christian God but because they refused to do their civil duty and offer sacrifice to the Roman gods in order to have their blessings the refusal on anyone s part was death because they were not being good and faithful citizens The Romans bent over backward to accommodate Christian beliefs pleading with them repeatedly to do the bare minimum even just to touch the incense used and they would not be put to death The Christians refused delighting in seeing themselves as martyrs and even appearing to have instigated the Romans into killing them so that they would received rewards in heaven Just as the fundamentalist Muslims today believe the early Christians and some today too thought that dying for their beliefs meant they would be richly rewarded in the afterlife including getting those delectable virgins How could anyone possibly resist such temptation Virgins Ooh la la sign me up Kill me torture me just give me those beautiful virgins to ravage Note sarcasm in full swing here Also note these people obviously have no respect for women We never hear about how those poor virgins feel about being given to some horny fool and forced to have sex with him for all eternity or until he steals her virginity and then moves on to the next piece of virgin and unsullied assNero is often cited as an example of one under whom the Christians suffered horrible injustices for their beliefs Yes that dude was one sadistic bastard and did terrible things to them However it was not because of their beliefs that he had them tortured and murdered I will not go into any details because it is truly horrific the things that man did Instead he used them as a scape goat blaming them for the burning of Rome in order to deflect the blame from himself And having lain the blame on them he then needed to punish them Nero was known to do such things as he did to the Christians to many others as well Like I said he was a sadistic bastard and he obviously enjoyed torturing people no matter who they wereChristian historians tend to ignore those things just as they have historically ignored what the Christians did to others As Ms Nixey says The Romans did not seek to wipe Christianity out If they had they would almost certainly have succeeded And There is clear evidence that far from persecuting Christians Roman officials actively supported some of the most prominent Looking at the stories of martyrdom as an outsider and not through the lens of Christianity one sees the Romans in a very different lightMs Nixey s narrative begins in Egypt and then proceeds through other cities of the ancient world detailing the atrocities done in each of these places The early Christians left a trail of destruction everywhere they went They pillaged they tortured they murdered They believed any who did not share their beliefs were demonic and thus deserving of death Indeed they believed their god WANTED them to kill these people and destroy their cultures He that sacrificeth unto any god save unto the Lord only he shall be utterly destroyed Exodus 2220I won t here detail the various places and things the Christians destroyed There are far too many to list and if you are interested I highly recommend this book Suffice to say there was much destruction For instance In the third century there had been twenty eight public libraries in Rome and many private ones By the end of the fourth they were as the historian Ammianus Marcellinus observed with sorrow like tombs permanently shut The early Christians abhorred pagan knowledge just as they abhorred the gods and customs of their non Christian fellow citizens Certainly the early Christians preserved some classical literature but far was lost as they either outright destroyed scrolls or scraped parchments of earlier works and copied over them with Christian teachings It s estimated that less than 10% of classical literature has survived Ms Nixey s purpose in this book is not to attack modern Christians but to set the record straight Too much has been glossed over through the centuries as Christian writers and historians tried to paint a much different picture pretending that the ancient world was dark and miserable and all welcomed the advent of Christianity Christianity told the generations that followed that their victory over the old world was celebrated by all and the generations that followed believed it The people who were being tortured and killed and whose cultures were being decimated would surely beg to differ It is time we learn the truth Portrait of Hypatia by Jules Maurice Gaspard 1908 We Slept Here reveals. Hypatia circa 350 370 CE to 415 CE Philosopher astronomer and mathematician of AlexandriaKnowing what I already knew about the destruction of the great Library of Alexandria and the torture and murder of the brilliant philosopher and mathematician Hypatia I knew the early Christians weren t exactly kind to those who didn t believe as they did I knew there was much they destroyed of the ancient world much that is forever lost to history because they had no tolerance for those whose beliefs differed from there own I did not however Nou moe! realise the extent to which they decimated the art culture and wisdom of the ancients Catherine Nixey s The Darkening Age The Christian Destruction of the Classical World is an incredibly interesting and informative book Contrary to what many Christians believe or want to believe their forbearers were not the martyrs they liked to see themselves as but instead were usually the ones who bullied tortured and killed others Ms Nixey goes into detail about the supposed martyrdom of the early Christians and there was indeed some intolerance for the Christians However it was not because of their Christian faith that they were killed nor were they killed by the thousands in the first few centuries of Christianity but the hundreds They were killed not because they believed in the Christian God but because they Annes Feelings refused to do their civil duty and offer sacrifice to the Roman gods in order to have their blessings the Sir John Hawkwood: Chivalry and the Art of War refusal on anyone s part was death because they were not being good and faithful citizens The Romans bent over backward to accommodate Christian beliefs pleading with them Health Behavior Change in Populations repeatedly to do the bare minimum even just to touch the incense used and they would not be put to death The Christians Grammar: One: Student's Book with Audio CD refused delighting in seeing themselves as martyrs and even appearing to have instigated the Romans into killing them so that they would Le corps lesbien received The Built Surface richly Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth Century America resist such temptation Virgins Ooh la la sign me up Kill me torture me just give me those beautiful virgins to Unlucky for Some respect for women We never hear about how those poor virgins feel about being given to some horny fool and forced to have sex with him for all eternity or until he steals her virginity and then moves on to the next piece of virgin and unsullied assNero is often cited as an example of one under whom the Christians suffered horrible injustices for their beliefs Yes that dude was one sadistic bastard and did terrible things to them However it was not because of their beliefs that he had them tortured and murdered I will not go into any details because it is truly horrific the things that man did Instead he used them as a scape goat blaming them for the burning of Rome in order to deflect the blame from himself And having lain the blame on them he then needed to punish them Nero was known to do such things as he did to the Christians to many others as well Like I said he was a sadistic bastard and he obviously enjoyed torturing people no matter who they wereChristian historians tend to ignore those things just as they have historically ignored what the Christians did to others As Ms Nixey says The Romans did not seek to wipe Christianity out If they had they would almost certainly have succeeded And There is clear evidence that far from persecuting Christians Roman officials actively supported some of the most prominent Looking at the stories of martyrdom as an outsider and not through the lens of Christianity one sees the Romans in a very different lightMs Nixey s narrative begins in Egypt and then proceeds through other cities of the ancient world detailing the atrocities done in each of these places The early Christians left a trail of destruction everywhere they went They pillaged they tortured they murdered They believed any who did not share their beliefs were demonic and thus deserving of death Indeed they believed their god WANTED them to kill these people and destroy their cultures He that sacrificeth unto any god save unto the Lord only he shall be utterly destroyed Exodus 2220I won t here detail the various places and things the Christians destroyed There are far too many to list and if you are interested I highly Vittoria Accorombona recommend this book Suffice to say there was much destruction For instance In the third century there had been twenty eight public libraries in Rome and many private ones By the end of the fourth they were as the historian Ammianus Marcellinus observed with sorrow like tombs permanently shut The early Christians abhorred pagan knowledge just as they abhorred the gods and customs of their non Christian fellow citizens Certainly the early Christians preserved some classical literature but far was lost as they either outright destroyed scrolls or scraped parchments of earlier works and copied over them with Christian teachings It s estimated that less than 10% of classical literature has survived Ms Nixey s purpose in this book is not to attack modern Christians but to set the La Liste de mes envies record straight Too much has been glossed over through the centuries as Christian writers and historians tried to paint a much different picture pretending that the ancient world was dark and miserable and all welcomed the advent of Christianity Christianity told the generations that followed that their victory over the old world was celebrated by all and the generations that followed believed it The people who were being tortured and killed and whose cultures were being decimated would surely beg to differ It is time we learn the truth Portrait of Hypatia by Jules Maurice Gaspard 1908

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The Darkening Age The Christian Destruction of the Classical World review ð 3 Is very different Far from being meek and mild they were violent ruthless and fundamentally intolerant Unlike the polytheistic world in which the addition of one new religion made no fundamental difference to the old ones this new ideology stated not only that it was the way the truth and the light but that by extension every single other way was wrong and had to be destroyed From the. I love to read negative reviews of books I m interested in Sometimes they convince me I must read a book than any positive review probably will However after reading several theological negative reviews that didn t say Christians weren t really this bad they were still written by theological historians or students of theology and history I turned to finding one written by an atheist I warn you it s a long review but Tim O Neill has posted one on his blog History for Atheists I learned a thing or two from it probably didn t absorb it all You can also see a shorter version of that review on or here on goodreads It s currently ranked top Worth a gander if you are interested in this bookHere s a review by Josh Herring a humanities instructor at Thales Academy a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Hillsdale College and a doctoral student in Faulkner University s Great Books programHere s the review from The Guardian by Tim Whitmarsh you ll have to scroll to the end of the review to see any criticism of the bookOh Wow Emily Wilson who recently translated The Odyssey has also written a review which was published in New Statesman Huh Sandiwara Langit 2 Meniti Diatas Kabut ruthless and fundamentally intolerant Unlike the polytheistic world in which the addition of one new We just met and yet... we're engaged!? Vol.2 (TL Manga) religion made no fundamental difference to the old ones this new ideology stated not only that it was the way the truth and the light but that by extension every single other way was wrong and had to be destroyed From the. I love to We Slept Here reviews of books I m interested in Sometimes they convince me I must Nou moe! read a book than any positive Annes Feelings review probably will However after Sir John Hawkwood: Chivalry and the Art of War reading several theological negative Health Behavior Change in Populations reviews that didn t say Christians weren t Grammar: One: Student's Book with Audio CD really this bad they were still written by theological historians or students of theology and history I turned to finding one written by an atheist I warn you it s a long Le corps lesbien review but Tim O Neill has posted one on his blog History for Atheists I learned a thing or two from it probably didn t absorb it all You can also see a shorter version of that The Built Surface ranked top Worth a gander if you are interested in this bookHere s a Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth Century America review from The Guardian by Tim Whitmarsh you ll have to scroll to the end of the Unlucky for Some recently translated The Odyssey has also written a Vittoria Accorombona review which was published in New Statesman Huh

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The Darkening Age The Christian Destruction of the Classical World review ð 3 1st century to the 6th those who didn't fall into step with its beliefs were pursued in every possible way social legal financial and physical Their altars were upturned and their temples demolished their statues hacked to pieces and their priests killed It was an annihilationAuthoritative vividly written and utterly compelling this is a remarkable debut from a brilliant young historian. I almost didn t read this book after reading all of the negative reviews accusations of poor scholarship personal biases a vendetta against Christianity She certainly has her opinions that she supports with uotes from her sources I did my own fact checking and didn t find all of the distortions of which they accuse herRather than write my own review I thought it would be apropos to present some favorable reviews that others have presented to serve as a counterweight to all the negative reviews following is not a full review but a positive comment by Matt Ridleyhttpwwwrationaloptimistcomblog

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