Christianity’s gift of civilization to the Western World…

Edward Gibbon, 1737-1794

Edward Gibbon, 1737-1794

“Christianity, which opened the gates of Heaven to the barbarians, introduced an important change in their morals and political condition.  They received, at the same time, the use of letters, so essential to a religion whose doctrines are contained in a sacred book; and while they studied the divine truth, their minds were insensibly enlarged by the distant view of history, of nature, of the arts, and of society.  The version of the Scriptures into their native tongue, which had facilitated their conversion, must excite, among their clergy, some curiosity to read the original text, to understand the sacred liturgy of the church, and to examine, in the writing of the fathers, the chain of ecclesiastical tradition.  These spiritual gifts were preserved in the Greek and Latin languages, which concealed the inestimable monuments of ancient learning.  The immortal productions of Virgil, Cicero, and Livy, which were accessible to the Christian barbarians, maintained a silent intercourse between the reign of Augustus and the times of Clovis and Charlemagne.  The emulation of mankind was encouraged by the remembrance of a more perfect state; and the flame of science was secretly kept alive, to warm and enlighten the mature age of the Western world.” ― The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon, Volume II, 395 A. D. ― 1185 A. D., Page 367, The Modern Library, New York, Random House.

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Retired military officer; retired Air Force civil servant; retired executive, DS Information Systems Corporation; writer; researcher; reader and avid yachtsman.
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