[Hac-announce] April 2022 Book Discussion: "The Darkening Age" by Catherine Nixey

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Mon Mar 28 11:49:47 EDT 2022

Our book for April 2022 is The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World by journalist and classicist Catherine Nixey. The discussion will take place Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 2:30 pm at the Unitarian Society of New Haven, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden. This will be a 'hybrid' meeting so participants will be able to join this discussion via Zoom if they cannot attend in person. (Zoom details as well as the USNH COVID policy can be found at the HAC Meetup.)
>From Amazon:
[T]he largely unknown story of how a militant religion deliberately attacked and suppressed the teachings of the Classical world, ushering in centuries of unquestioning adherence to "one true faith."
Despite the long-held notion that the early Christians were meek and mild, going to their martyrs' deaths singing hymns of love and praise, the truth, as Catherine Nixey reveals, is very different. Far from being meek and mild, they were violent, ruthless, and fundamentally intolerant. Unlike the polytheistic world…this new ideology stated not only that it was the way, the truth, and the light but that, by extension, every single other way was wrong and had to be destroyed. From the first century to the sixth, those who didn't fall into step with its beliefs were pursued in every possible way: social, legal, financial, and physical…It was an annihilation.
"Nixey’s elegant and ferocious text paints a dark but riveting picture of life at the time of the ‘triumph’ of Christianity, reminding us not just of the realities of our own past, but also of the sad echoes of that past in our present.” – Michael Scott, author of Ancient Worlds
Kevin (& Paula)
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