Tom Holland's amazing new book argues that although we might think we live in an irreligious culture, almost everything in the West is actually a legacy of Christianity. "Dreaming of a world that has been changed by a reformation, an enlightenment, or a revolution is nothing exclusively modern," he writes. "It's much more about how medieval visionaries dreamed: like a Christian."
Holland started his career in history as a classic, but the more he understood the pagan world and its "extremes of calluses", the better Christianity looked. In fact, this book often reads like a European's journey to self-discovery. The Romans believed that strength was good, moral, and encouraging: violence and rape were facts of life. However, early Christians wors...
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