By Philipe Nemo, Kenneth Casler (trans)

ISBN-10: 0820703753

ISBN-13: 9780820703756

ISBN-10: 0820705748

ISBN-13: 9780820705743

Argues that the West is a coherent cultural entity and discusses the social and political implications of that concept. Nemo weaves jointly political occasions, philosophical discoveries, spiritual routine, and medical and technological concepts of the final 5 or 6 millenia to piece jointly the heritage of the West's improvement.

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It is the time to struggle against evil in the world, to lessen human suffering, to hasten the second coming of the Messiah and to precipitate the advent of the Kingdom of God. If we humans hold to the belief that the world of the future cannot be different from the world of the past, then it is absurd — in the thinking of Christopher Goodman, the celebrated English Calvinist and contemporary of John Knox — to hope to root out all evil in the world. It must be true that the future can be different; otherwise our ethical obligation would be meaningless.

E. people such as Humbert of Moyenmoutiers, Hugues de Die, Saint Peter Damien, Saint Anselm of Canterbury, Saint Yves of Chartres, Saint Bruno, Saint Robert of Molesme, and later Saint Francis and Saint Dominic, the founders of the mendicant orders. Under papal authority these religious orders were by no means contemplative; very much to the contrary, they were enterprising institutions, established to achieve results within the secular world. The wave of reforms had an immediate impact on canonic law.

38 10/17/05 6:33 PM Page 38 thinking finds its extension in the modern age in the ideals of liberal democracy. Obviously the second expression is more faithful to the spirit of the Gospel. However, it is debatable whether it would have prevailed over the first without the occurrence — precisely within Europe — of a fourth “miracle” to which we now turn. NEMO_F6_39-60 10/17/05 6:33 PM Page 39 4 The Papal R evolution The biblical program discussed in chapter 3, calling for action in history, takes a peaceful and rational turn in the middle of the European Middle Ages, between the eleventh and the thirteenth centuries, under the impulse of the Roman Church.

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