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To: CathNY; Kolokotronis; MarMema

You are being overly generous to the Catholic West and deafeningly silent on the Byzantine East (Orthodox Church). Western civilization was not built by the Catholic Church - extended and enhanced based as it is on the Eastern Orthodox Church in some ways yes, but built? Not hardly!


22 posted on 05/03/2005 8:40:11 PM PDT by eleni121 ('Thou hast conquered, O Galilean!' (Julian the Apostate))
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To: eleni121; CathNY; bornacatholic; escapefromboston
"The Church also played an indispensable role in another essential development in Western civilization: the creation of the university. The university was an utterly new phenomenon in European history."

The Emperor Theodosios II founded the University of Constantinople in 425 AD. The University offered training in ancient Greek language and literature, Latin literature, oratory, philosophy and law and gradually the "new" sciences (medicine and math) were added to the curriculum. Universities and other important schools were also founded and supervised by the imperial government at Alexandria, Athens, Beirut, Nikaia, Salonica, and other important Byzantine cities. This is to say nothing of the preservation of ancient Greek and even Roman literature, art and music while barbarism reigned in the West.

You know, a book like this one could do a great deal to make people seriously consider the positive role the Roman Church has played and does play in the Western World, but such sloppy scholarship as this one snip demonstrates has the potential to minimize the seriousness of the entire book.
24 posted on 05/03/2005 9:13:01 PM PDT by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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