By Wouter J. Hanegraaff

ISBN-10: 0521196213

ISBN-13: 9780521196215

Teachers are likely to glance on 'esoteric', 'occult' or 'magical' ideals with contempt, yet are typically ignorant in regards to the spiritual and philosophical traditions to which those phrases refer, or their relevance to highbrow heritage. Wouter Hanegraaff tells the overlooked tale of the way intellectuals because the Renaissance have attempted to come back to phrases with a cluster of 'pagan' rules from overdue antiquity that challenged the principles of biblical faith and Greek rationality. Expelled from the academy at the foundation of Protestant and Enlightenment polemics, those traditions have become perceived because the different during which lecturers outline their id to the current day. Hanegraaff grounds his dialogue in a meticulous research of fundamental and secondary assets, taking the reader on a thrilling highbrow voyage from the 15th century to the current day and asking what implications the forgotten historical past of exclusion has for confirmed textbook narratives of faith, philosophy and technology.

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Evang. 4 (trans. ), 45. , 203). , 180. , 180–183; and Barnes, Constantine and Eusebius, 174–188. See also Hanson, “Christian Attitude,” 187–188. , 171. ”86 These were the biblical patriarchs, from Enoch to Moses, who thus established the true religion. By the time of Christ it was still preserved by the Jews, as an alternative to the false religion of paganism, which, however, still dominated the empire. 88 Christianity, in other words, is the original and most ancient religion of the Hebrews, in which the freedom of the gospel once again takes precedence over the strictures of Jewish Law.

See also Hanson, “Christian Attitude,” 187–188. , 171. ”86 These were the biblical patriarchs, from Enoch to Moses, who thus established the true religion. By the time of Christ it was still preserved by the Jews, as an alternative to the false religion of paganism, which, however, still dominated the empire. 88 Christianity, in other words, is the original and most ancient religion of the Hebrews, in which the freedom of the gospel once again takes precedence over the strictures of Jewish Law.

28 The history of truth Perhaps most important in that regard is the fact that power relations were now reversed: while Christian authors of the first centuries were apologists for Christianity within a living culture of paganism, it was inevitable that the admirers of Plato in the Italian Renaissance, their strong Christian commitments notwithstanding, became apologists for pagan sources within a living culture of Christianity. 98 And finally, whereas the presence and wide diffusion of pagan literature was the obvious point of departure for Christian apologists (so that the need for its preservation or destruction might be an object of discussion, not its recovery), Renaissance humanists were dealing with a situation where pagan literature was being newly recovered and brought to light after a long period of near-absence and oblivion.

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