Friday, February 24, 2006

The Battle for God: Part Two

This second section wasn't nearly so controversial to me, probably because I am no expert in medieval Jewish history. It was much more interesting and enlightening than strident.

On page 34, Armstrong discusses the collapse of the Roman empire, and how the destruction of centuries of painstakingly acquired knowledge led to a conservative, rediscovery approach to knowledge, rather than an aggressive, experimental approach. The stability of the modern system, in that we have difficulty imagining a realistic collapse of civilization, seems to impart an ethos of progress to the modern mind. Unlike previous societies, modern man views things as getting better and better every day, in every way. Interesting, to say the least.

On page 37, she taught me a new word. "Orthopraxy". Unlike orthodoxy, which is correct doctrine, orthopraxy is the correct practice, or the proper means of performing a ritual.


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