Sunday, 10 June 2012

Why was Byzantium the greatest civilisation?

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Because it was the most Christian civilisation over many generations (about a thousand years).

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The above is the answer.

If you are not a Christian, presumably you would not agree that this was the greatest civilisation - since you are looking for completely different attainments (military success, peace, comfort, artistic or philosophical attainment - or whatever it might be).

If you do not understand Christianity (e.g. if you are not yourself a Christian), you would presumably disagree.

Or, if your understanding of Christianity is significantly different from how Christianity understood itself for the first half of its existence, then you would presumably disagree.

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Or maybe you don't know anything about the subject of Byzantium - like most people.

Or maybe you have read only/ mostly secular historians on the subject of Byzantium, or an account actively hostile to Christianity (this was my situation into just a few years ago)...

...then you would probably be ignorant of the Christian-centred perspective on the civilisation, and unable to make an informed judgement on the matter.  

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But for someone with a broadly 'catholic' understanding of Christianity; then Byzantium was the apex of what man has achieved so far - and almost certainly the apex of what he ever shall achieve (on earth, in this life).

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