In five pages this paper presents an overview of this text in terms of understanding how Christianity contributed to the transformation of the classical world. Two sources are cited in the bibliography.
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radical transformation of life that was experienced and understood by those in the Classical world. Specifically, this paper discusses what was rejected and why the Church found Classical philosophy,
culture, and art incompatible with the Christian perspective. Bibliography lists 2 sources. MHReliWW.rtf The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the
Transformation of The Classical Era Written by 10/2001 Please In the Epilogue to his
book The Passions of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View, Richard Tarnas argued that understanding the impacts of Christianity on the Classical era
was a foundation for determining a historical and social context for the rise and spread of Christian thinking. Determining the underlying reasons or origins for this change, then, are
the central premises of segments of Tarnas book. Tarnas wrote: "For the deepest passion of the Western mind has been to reunite with the ground of its being."
Tarnas begins with a view of the development and expansion of the Greek culture and the philosophical and social factors that defined this dominant perspective. In order
to accomplish this, Tarnas considers he authorship of men like Plato, as a basis for understanding the views of man and religion prior to the introduction of Christianity.
Platos Theory of Forms, for example, is one of the fundamental premises presented by Tarnas and is based in Platos perception of knowledge and the limitations of the senses.
In essence, Plato recognizes that man is limited by his sensory perception in an understanding of the natural of the world around him, and as a result, proposed the