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Western Irreligion and Resources for Culture in Catholic Religion

Western Irreligion and Resources for Culture in Catholic Religion William A. Frank From its beginning Christian faith has inspired and informed great works of the human spirit. It has provided the cultural bedrock for a great deal of Western civilization. Christianity's influence is unmistakable in masterpieces of literature, music, art, and architecture, and in the intellectual traditions and spiritual movements given birth in the monasteries, cathedrals, and universities of the West. The lives of the saints bear their own testimony to the formative power of Christian culture. The practice of religion leaves its tracks in history. In this essay, however, I do not intend to retrace the steps of those who have set before us this rich cultural patrimony. Nor do I intend to play the apologist for Christianity's contribution to the world's great cultural achievements. I am interested, rather, in thinking about the mental or spiritual soil, as it were, that gave rise to such works. Whereas masterpieces are peak achievements, I am interested in the distinctive cultural forces at sea level or even at the subterranean level of a society. If the practice of the Christian religion has been a major force in the constilogos 7:1 winter 2004 logos tution of broad features of Western http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture Logos: Journal of Catholic Thought & Culture

Western Irreligion and Resources for Culture in Catholic Religion

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William A. Frank From its beginning Christian faith has inspired and informed great works of the human spirit. It has provided the cultural bedrock for a great deal of Western civilization. Christianity's influence is unmistakable in masterpieces of literature, music, art, and architecture, and in the intellectual traditions and spiritual movements given birth in the monasteries, cathedrals, and universities of the West. The lives of the saints bear their own testimony to the formative power of Christian culture. The practice of religion leaves its tracks in history. In this essay, however, I do not intend to retrace the steps of those who have set before us this rich cultural patrimony. Nor do I intend to play the apologist for Christianity's contribution to the world's great cultural achievements. I am interested, rather, in thinking about the mental or spiritual soil, as it were, that gave rise to such works. Whereas masterpieces are peak achievements, I am interested in the distinctive cultural forces at sea level or even at the subterranean level of a society. If the practice of the Christian religion has been a major force in the constilogos 7:1 winter 2004 logos tution of broad features of Western

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Published: Jan 8, 2004

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