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The Darkening Age

The Christian Destruction of the Classical World
Narrated by: Lalla Ward
Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
Categories: History, Ancient
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In The Darkening Age, Catherine Nixey tells the little-known - and deeply shocking - story of how a militant religion deliberately tried to extinguish the teachings of the Classical world, ushering in unquestioning adherence to the 'one true faith'.

The Roman Empire had been generous in embracing and absorbing new creeds. But with the coming of Christianity, everything changed. This new faith, despite preaching peace, was violent, ruthless and intolerant. And once it became the religion of empire, its zealous adherents set about the destruction of the old gods. Their altars were upturned, their temples demolished and their statues hacked to pieces. Books, including great works of philosophy and science, were consigned to the pyre. It was an annihilation.

  

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©2018 Catherine Nixey (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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The Original ISIS

Changes the way that we view the Dark Ages - from being one caused by the fall of the Roman empire to the result of freedom of thought, speech and pluralism being snuffed out by the evils of monotheism. Reading the reviews of this book it is only Christians taking umbrage giving negative reviews. At least these days they have been tempered by secularism and they can no longer burn us...

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Good story, rather subjective at times<br />

Feel like the base pattern was established prior to the writing. Christianity did this! It did but would have liked a more objective story, not a story solely subjective. It is not bad, learned a lot. But wanted more..

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  • joshua hodson
  • 01-16-19

Refreshing perspective but full of misinformation.

This book does give a redreshing look at the history of the era, however I couldn't relax into as there were a multitude of factual errors made and information left out, seemingly designed to fit a particular narrative, the accuracy of the information seems to have suffered.

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  • Mrspatriciacherry
  • 04-12-19

Every Christian please read

An eye opening book for people like me, who was banned from reading anything that may have opened my eyes to The Truth. As someone who grew up in a fundamentalist Christian Evangelical world, I can see so many core beliefs that are still taught, or at least that were taught to me as a child.

The difference is that I would not be murdered these days physically, but it certainly nearly murdered my spirit.

Now I am free to discover the Truth, and have spent the second half of my life doing that. I have written a book on the consequences of it all, and how I've discovered that I am good enough!

Thank you for this enlightening book.

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  • Diego
  • 01-28-19

A must read book

The triumph of Christianity, the violent and intolerant religion. One can see the imposition of unique thinking that’s spreads all over the words nowadays.

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  • L
  • 09-08-18

Fascinating

This book was a real education for me . It explains how history has been manipulated. It is extremely thought-provoking. I can not recommend it highly enough. Gripping , so much information- I may re read it .

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  • 9000
  • 08-14-19

Fantastic & Enlightening

This book sheds light on a little discussed period in history and offers a fantastic perspective. It is well written, fantastically performed and offers a great deal of facts, delivered in an entertaining and easy to absorb way. This work is thought provoking, clever, absorbing and I highly recommend it

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  • Chris Welch
  • 08-08-19

An absolute MUST READ

This is what you should have learned at school but didn't, the destruction of the classical world, free thinking and philosophy by Christianity and it's followers has been ongoing for as long as the lie has been perpetuated. This well written and well researched book brings to life a well hidden history of the destruction of the classical world and the perforated stories of early Christianity which became doctrine. A real page turner this book really is an excellent read, thoroughly enjoyed every page.

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  • diocletian9
  • 07-18-19

This book has changed my view of world history.

Until reading this book, like many non Christians, I saw the rise of Christianity in a broadly sympathetic light; as a largely inevitable step along the the long a difficult road to a humanistic society. This work has changed my mind. Christianity was clearly a disaster for the classical world, for Europe and for the world as a whole.

While this may not be the author's opinion, it is where her fascinating and highly engaging narrative has lead me too.

Also, Lalla Ward is a fantastic narrator.

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  • swheelie
  • 03-25-19

Sloppy, naive polemic

Very poor piece of work that presents a caricature of early Christian sects as maniacal Taleban types. Just awful.
And I'm an atheist, so it's not that I'm offended by the critical perspective - just the appalling level of scholarship that underpins this tripe.

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  • peastri
  • 04-14-19

Good read

Passionately one sided narrative that I found quite entertaining. Would recommend alongside other more balanced source materials should you be wanting to learn more about this period in human history.