Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Christianity and the Church
(6,700 words)

A. Introduction

Ever since its beginnings, the reception of Antiquity in European cultural and intellectual history has been decisively influenced by engagement with the Christian tradition that rose to dominance from as early as the 4th cent. AD. This can be seen throughout the history of reception, not only in the rejection of an ancient, pagan ideal of life on the basis of staurological criticism of the New Testament, according to which God has (by the cross) "made foolish the wisdom of the world" (1 Cor 1:20) [62], or in the supposedly excessive synthesis of Greek philosophy a…

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Frank, Günter (Bretten), “Christianity and the Church”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014). Consulted online on 18 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004824>
First published online: 2015



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