11. Europe: The Christian Ferment

11.0 Introduction

Primitive societies and societies that believe themselves threatened accept the concentration of power in one single fist. Authority is naturally conceived as a whole, which would fall into pieces if subject to differentiation. A power that is split is supposed … Continue reading

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11.1 The Resurrection of Jesus

The most enigmatic event in the history of mankind is the rise of the Christian civilization. The Buddha was a prince. He had been educated in a palace and was of superior intelligence. He was credited with mastery in the … Continue reading

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11.2 The Establishment of the Christian Faith

Paul, a Roman citizen endowed with the most vigorous personality, converted to the Christian faith in a flash of conscience that characterizes this type of man (e.g. Charles de Foucauld, Francis of Assisi, Hubert) 1. Paul liquidated the “by God … Continue reading

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11.3 Christianisation of Europe

11.3.1 Monachism The barbarians who invaded Gaul, Brittany, Germany were accustomed to only light agricultural work at a primitive level and were endowed with the characteristic inconstancy and wandering urge of primitives. For them, as for nomads, only the present … Continue reading

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11.4 Christendom

The moral fiber of the Roman Empire had been lost well before the barbaric invasions, and able manpower did not match any more the needs of the Government. There was a definite lack of it at the higher echelons. Able … Continue reading

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