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By Linda Woodhead

ISBN-10: 0192803220

ISBN-13: 9780192803221

At a time whilst Christianity is thriving within the Southern Hempisphere yet declining in a lot of the West, Linda Woodhead bargains a daring new review of the world's biggest faith, exploring the cultural and institutional dimensions of Christianity over millennia.

Christianity addresses issues that different books forget, for instance the contest for strength among varied different types of Christianity, the churches' makes use of of energy, and their struggles with modernity. Woodhead additionally considers the hot charismatic explosion of Christianity in Latin the US, Africa, and the some distance East. She concludes via displaying the ways that those that formerly had the least strength in Christianity--women and non-Europeans--have develop into increaslingly crucial to its unfolding story

Up-to-date, authoritative, and full of clean insights, Christianity: a truly brief advent brings an enormous and sundry topic into sharp concentration

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No better illustration exists than Plato's ghastly state, with its central control of everything, founded on central control of truth . And Plato's ideas are neither farfetched nor archaic. They are similar to the ideas undergirding, for example, the intellectual regime of Khomeini's Iran, a dictatorship of the wise. In this chapter I want to describe the skeptical revolution which uprooted and inverted Plato's Republic and its Fundamentalist PrinCiple. ) I also THE RISE OF LIBERAL SCIENCE 35 want to sketch the liberal-and breathtakingly radical-truth-finding regime which replaced Plato's authoritarianism, the better to understand how to defend the liberal regime against today's 'authoritarian revival.

That they were defending. They certainly seemed not to understand the principles upon which the liberal intellectual system is based. " The chief rabbi of Great Britain said that the book should not have been published. "Both Mr. "34 That was the sense in which the Rushdie affair was a defining moment. It showed how readily Westerners could be backed away from a fundamental principle of intellectual liberalism, namely that there is nothing whatever wrong with offending-hurting people's feelings-in pursuit of truth.

A ruler may lie as necessary, but, just as you might expect, if he "catches anybody else in the city lying ... he will chastise him for introducing a practice as subversive and destructive of a state as it is of a ship" (389d). At the top, ruling over all, is the wise philosopher, whose love of wisdom "is impossible for the multitude" (494a). The philosopher-rulers are very great indeed, virtually gods, and when they die "the state shall establish public memorials and sacrifices for them" (540c).

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