Posted on September 18, by Scott Alexander I. I always wanted to meditate more, but never really got around to it. And I thought I had an unimpeachable excuse.
The modern world is a direct derivative of the Middle Ages, and especially of the high Middle Ages A. By the late Middle Ages, Europe had also produced numerous labor saving technological innovations.
The profound problems involved in reconciling church and state, and natural philosophy and Scripture were first seriously encountered in this same period. Indeed it was during the Middle Ages that canon and civil law were reorganized and revitalized The two were complementary, not mutually exclusive: The entire construct of living was altered: A money economy had come into being Thus it was that cities became a powerful force in the economic, political, religious, and cultural life of the European continent.
Augustine, Boethius and many other Christian theologians in the 4th and 5th centuries laid down Platonic, Aristotelian, and natural philosophical frameworks which would be the basis of centuries of debate, investigation, and rational discourse.
For natural philosophy in the form of cosmology and cosmic reflections, they relied primarily on the Timaeus of Plato But it was a start, and the Church both supported and funded its development, as it also abetted and invigorated economic and scientific experimentation and creation.
As Grant relates there is a direct thread between Boethuis and say Anselm of Canterbury who was the first Christian Scholastic — a term used to describe the methodological use of reason to understand and support faith, a process in which natural philosophy and revelatory theology are debated, mixed, rejected at times, or merged.
Anselm lived in the late 11th century and he was a direct progeny of earlier Christian — rationalist thinkers dating back to the days of Clement in the 4th century.
He was apparently the first to treat theology in a manner sufficiently rigorous to lay the foundations for its conversion to a science by twelfth and thirteenth-century theologians. During the Middle Ages reason was applied as a standard to measure and evaluate everything from natural biology to liturgy and revelation.
Reason was also used to evangelize the faith and guard it from heresy: They were used extensively and built upon or in some cases, either redacted and corrected or simply rejected.
There is much that is wrong in Aristotle for example. But there is no dispute that he did rely on reason, even if his own use of science, empiricism, rigorous methodology and common-sense was at times, severely in short supply.
Medieval Christian scholars knew and recognized such shortcomings in their search for reason, God, beauty, understanding and truth based on free-will rationality. More from Grant later.The US Review of Books connects authors with professional book reviewers and places their book reviews in front of subscribers to our free monthly newsletter of fiction book reviews and nonfiction book reviews.
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In this stunningly intelligent book. Notes: I came across the book via a review by Prof. Noah Feldman, a colleague of Ahmed who assisted with the final stages of the book, as Ahmed had already fallen ill before its completion.; Shahab makes frequent use of italics to stress his points.
Emphases in quotations are his. ↩ In chapter 3, Ahmed rejects conceptualizing Islam .