Tuesday, September 9, 2014

"Christianity and Classical Culture" Preface

Preface:
The goal of this book is the understand the "transition from the world of Augustus and Vergil to that of Theodosius and Augustine." (v)
Cochrane explains that he will begin with Augustus' claims of the eternality of Rome and explore the place of the state in Classical thought as compared and contrasted with Christian thought. (iv)

Specifically, we will see how the Classical quest to find (and Augustus' claim to have found) the eternal and lasting state is directly challenged by the Christian Christ. (iv)
To them [Christians] the state, so far from being the supreme instrument of human emancipation and perfectibility, was a straight-jacket to be justified at best as a 'remedy for sin'. To think of it otherwise they considered the grossest of superstitions. (iv)


 

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