Darkening Age, 5

Celsus and Democritus Note of the Ed.: Celsus was Christianity’s first great critic. The following is an excerpt from Nixey’s chapter ‘Wisdom is Foolishness’:   Celsus did not soften his attack either. This first assault on Christianity was vicious, powerful and, like Gibbon, immensely readable. Yet unlike Gibbon, today almost no one has heard of…

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Darkening Age, 2

  INTRODUCTION Athens, AD 532 ‘That all superstition of pagans and heathens should be annihilated is what God wants, God commands, God proclaims.’ — St Augustine This was no time for a philosopher to be philosophical. ‘The tyrant’, as the philosophers put it, was in charge and had many alarming habits. In Damascius’s own time,…

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