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The Darkening Age

The Christian Destruction of the Classical World
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Durée : 9 h et 19 min
Catégories : Anglais - History, Ancient
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In The Darkening Age, Catherine Nixey tells the little-known - and deeply shocking - story of how a militant religion deliberately tried to extinguish the teachings of the Classical world, ushering in unquestioning adherence to the 'one true faith'.

The Roman Empire had been generous in embracing and absorbing new creeds. But with the coming of Christianity, everything changed. This new faith, despite preaching peace, was violent, ruthless and intolerant. And once it became the religion of empire, its zealous adherents set about the destruction of the old gods. Their altars were upturned, their temples demolished and their statues hacked to pieces. Books, including great works of philosophy and science, were consigned to the pyre. It was an annihilation.

  

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©2018 Catherine Nixey (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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  • 28/10/2019

Eye-opening

This book has changed my view on Christianity, its influence over culture and custom today and the roman empire considerably. Some of the parallels to today's world are scary and remind the reader that history repeats itself. We must remain a curious and questioning society!

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  • 08/02/2019

The Original ISIS

Changes the way that we view the Dark Ages - from being one caused by the fall of the Roman empire to the result of freedom of thought, speech and pluralism being snuffed out by the evils of monotheism. Reading the reviews of this book it is only Christians taking umbrage giving negative reviews. At least these days they have been tempered by secularism and they can no longer burn us...

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  • 11/02/2020

interesting view point

I was always wondering way from 5th century empire collapse now I got understand able explanation.

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  • 30/07/2018

Good story, rather subjective at times<br />

Feel like the base pattern was established prior to the writing. Christianity did this! It did but would have liked a more objective story, not a story solely subjective. It is not bad, learned a lot. But wanted more..

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  • 17/06/2020

Sehr einseitig geschriebene Darstellung

Konterpositioin zu den Geschichten die einem die Pfarrer in der Kindheit erzählt haben und Fragen aufgeworfen haben und natürlich! Nicht von diesen beantwortet werden konnte.
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"An exceptional account of murder and vandalism wrought by religious zealotry – and one that suggests modern parallels"

Tim Whitmarsh


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Averil Cameron, professor emerita of Late Antique and Byzantine History at the University of Oxford, points out that Nixey is promoting some outdated teachings and finds Nixey's book without nuance and counter-arguments, and states that Nixey's readers would never know that there are academic works that contradict her narrative if they only get their information from her. On Twitter Cameron called Nixey's book ”a travesty”.