EBOOK FREE (Christianity and Classical Culture A Study of Thought and Action from Augustus to Augustine) BY Charles Norris Cochrane

An Egg Is Quiet lUpdate My outlinenotes on this book by chapter are available here I finally get to categorize this as read It s taken me forever to get through which is partially my faultaziness and partially the fault of the good Dr through which is partially my fault aziness and partially the fault of the good Dr He is a thoughtful and ELEGANT WRITER BUT LACKS STRUCTURE AND DOESN T REALLY writer but acks structure and doesn t really much to keep the book moving forward I mean granted it s a philosophy book but still he really could have given this a once over and made it a bit readable Having said that the content is great and I would highly recommend this for anyone who wants to think carefully about 1 Classical thought 2 early Christian thought 3 the relationship between Christianity and the state 4 the relationship between Christianity and the world Cochrane s point is that there was an inherent tension between Christianity and Classical culture The Classical world particularly the Classical world of the Roman Empire made philosophical and religious claims which ultimately clashed in an unresolvable tension with Christianity And well I don t think I can summarize much than that Cochrane s writing style really defines much summarization Really the best that can be said is that this is a personal and very well informed meditation on the relationship between Christianity and Classical culture and that I am the better for having got to witness it This review has been copied from a ecture delivered by RJ Rushdoony Now this is a very important point I don t know how many of you A deep read regarding the relationship between Christianity and classical philosophy from Augustus to Augustine Too deep for me to understand in one reading The Roman empire was founded upon on its own set of pagan values but as the empire expanded eastward it embraced the Hellenistic values of Greece and cultivated its own form of pagan ideology Romanitas This pagan idea centered upon the state as the embodiment of the people in the nation with the emperor as a divine eader entrusted with the stewardship of guarding civilization against the barbarism on its bordersCochrane shows how Romanitas evolved how it was inherently flawed as it was based upon the Platonic dualism between form and matter With the growth of Christianity the empire was faced with a theological crisis Constantine pragmatically embraced the new tide of Christianity as it swept through the empire He realized the potential in Christianity to provide a bulwark in the empire s defense against the barbarians and the health of the state He was devout but pragmatic than pious He was sympathetic to the Arians because in them he saw a state friendly theologyJulian a pagan intellectual sought to restore the pagan philosophic foundation of the empire but failed essentially because paganism was an inherently flawed system As the empire grew its Decadence And Destructive Economic and destructive economic were too much to overcome and the end of the empire was nigh as Theodosious frantically sought to save the sinking ship But hi. Now available from Liberty Fund Christianity and Classical Culture is considered one of the great works of scholarship published in the ast centuryThe theme of Christianity and Classical Culture is the fundamental change in thought and action that occurred from the reign of Augustus to the time of Augustine The classical world sought to practice politics and understand the world in purely rational terms but the difficulties of this program were ,
Christianity and Classical Culture A Study of Thought and Action from Augustus to Augustine

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S even heavy handed tactics could not stop the inevitable collapse of RomeCochrane argues that the Christian Roman emperors were seeking to put new wine in old wineskins seeking to save the empire even by abandoning its philosophical foundations Yet they did so not out of selfless desires but out of the desire to keep the empire together The book is a combination of both history philosophy and theology Cochrane weaves a story of a pagan empire its foundational thought and then shows the clash of religions its outworking and how Christianity was both tempted to power and sought independence FROM STATE DOMINATION THE BOOK IS state domination The book is difficult read and written for serious scholars not the amateur historian or philosopher Those What Is a Googly?: The Mysteries of Cricket Explained looking for a serious history of this era will not be disappointed Those of us not prepared for that won t get nearly as much out of it and will find it difficult reading An excellent work meant for a different kind of reader than me What a SAGA Very smartong range study I read it primarily to prepare for teaching Augustine and those chapters were truly excellent Cochrane s chapters on Of Magic and Mating New Canton Republic lesserights were also solid as best I could tell But I very much having considered at ength the intellectual merits of Cochrane s not to be excelled argument which deftly intertwines thinking both classical Roman and early Christian regret that when considering how such an argument ought to be presented to hoi polloi the conclusion that of all forms by far and away the best was ultra Latinate prose replete with clauses in places distracting and for English unnatural was reached by our author It s a fucker of thing to read on the train This is a very in depth read but worth the effort if you re interested in the classical world and the evolution of western culture to the medieval world and ultimately our own time First published in 1940 it s still relevant todayInterestingly the author s name could be rendered as Chuck Norris Though himself apparently a christian and sympathetic to Christianity this is nonetheless an excellent and objective view of and christian Humanism The classic treatment in fact There are many misconceptions and stereotypes surrounding the advent of Christian culture with the oss of classical culture This change is often caricatured as merely the replacement of one ideology for another or the effeminization of pagan culture or even a rank obscurantism Cochrane demonstrates in a manner by no means of apologetic that Christianity gave a coherent answer to the problems in classical philosophy culture and history There aren t many books that are able to combine philosophy with history without sacrificing precision in argument One is usually caught up in the general trends of history at the expense of philosophic rigor Cochrane s work sacrifices nothing His demonstrations from Socrates to Augustine from Caesar to Theodosius the Great show the reader the trend of history while. Lready evident as Christianity began developing a completely new understanding of the human world It is from this revolution in ideas that our modern world was forgedW H Auden wrote of an earlier edition in The New Republic “Since the appearance of the first edition in 1940 I have read this book many times and my conviction of its importance to the understanding not only of the epoch with which it is concerned but also of our own has increased ,