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Written by a team of renowned scholars, the book treats the second millennium century by century, choosing one historical figure as the prism through which to ...
Written by a team of renowned scholars, the book treats the second millennium century by century, choosing one historical figure as the prism through which to view each period. While the individuals chosen are not necessarily "representative" figures--in some instances they are people who opposed the "spirit of the times"--the compelling personalities limned in these chapters help us to understand better where we have come so far.
Insightful, authoritative, and a pleasure to read, these narratives not only open intriguing windows on key dimensions of the Christian West but also provide a panoramic view from which to comprehend all of modern history--a view well worth pondering as we begin the third one thousand years.
|Gregory VII and the Politics of the Spirit||1|
|The Mind of Maimonides||15|
|Thomas Aquinas: A Doctor for the Ages||28|
|Dante: A Party of One||40|
|Columbus and the Beginning of the World||52|
|Calvin and the Christian Calling||66|
|Pascal: The First Modern Christian||76|
|Rousseau and the Revolt Against Reason||92|
|Abraham Lincoln and the Last Best Hope||104|
|John Paul II and the Crisis of Humanism||114|