Classical Greece & Rome
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(02-02-2012, 06:30 PM)Crusading Philologist Wrote: I was thinking about Christian views of classical antiquity just the other day. It seems to me most Christians now generally accept the modern view that everyone in the past was stupid and gullible. They even go so far as to argue that the greatest proof of Christianity is that it supposedly fits with and indeed inspired the principles of modernity, but one does wonder if this is the right path to take.

Aside from the many Fathers who held that the philosophers and poets had anticipated Christ, even relatively recent Christian thinkers saw classical paganism as pointing to Christianity. For instance, Juan Donoso Cortes tells us that it was said of Christ that "even the sibyls had sung His victories," and of course Joseph de Maistre's belief that paganism contained many of the truths later revealed and transfigured by Christianity is well known. Even someone as recent as Chesterton thought that divine providence had prepared the classical world for Christ. I suppose it is not surprising that most Christians now accept the modern view of the past, but I can't help but think that it takes aways some of the richness of the Christian view of history.

By the way, here's a fun essay by Orthodox theologian David Bentley Hart addressing some of these same themes: http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2...vid-b-hart

Thanks!  I've been pouring over Chesterton's work to learn what he had to say about this - on any topic, I always start with him!    :)

Nice piece by Hart - I shall spend some time with it.

The arrogance of (post)moderns is breathtaking...lol
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Classical Greece & Rome - by Micawber - 02-02-2012, 02:40 PM
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Re: Classical Greece & Rome - by Micawber - 02-02-2012, 03:19 PM
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Re: Classical Greece & Rome - by Someone1776 - 02-02-2012, 03:25 PM
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