The Closing of the Western Mind

Paperback $17.95

Vintage | Feb 08, 2005 | 480 Pages | 5-3/16 x 8 | ISBN 9781400033805

  • Paperback$17.95

    Vintage | Feb 08, 2005 | 480 Pages | 5-3/16 x 8 | ISBN 9781400033805

  • Ebook$13.99

    Vintage | Dec 18, 2007 | 480 Pages | ISBN 9780307428271

Praise

“Enjoyable and illuminating. . . . Clearly and plausibly argued . . . full of fascinating detail.” –The Boston Globe

“Entertaining. . . . An excellent and readable account of the development of Christian doctrine.” –The New York Times Book Review

“There is much here to admire. . . . It is a panoramic view that Freeman handles with grace, erudition and lucidity.” –The Washington Times

“A triumph. . . . Engrossing. . . . Successfully realized. . . . Wholly admirable. . . . Freeman is to be congratulated on a broad-brush approach that throws the main issue into sharp focus. . . . [He] has added a new level of understanding.” –The Times Higher Education Supplement

“A fascinating account.” –The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Engrossingly readable and very thoughtful. . . . Freeman draws our attention to myriad small but significant phenomena. . . . His fine book is both a searching look at the past and a salutary and cautionary reminder for us in our difficult present.” –The New York Sun

“One of the best books to date on the development of Christianity. . . . Beautifully written and impressively annotated, this is an indispensable read for anyone interested in the roots of Christianity and its implications for our modern worldview. . . . Essential.” –Choice

“Engaging. . . . Refreshing. . . . A memorable account. . . . The author is always interesting and well informed. Freeman’s study moves with ease between political and intellectual history. . . . The cumulative effect is impressive.” –The Times Literary Supplement

“A fine book for a popular audience that enjoys history, clear writing, and subject matter that reflects our own time.” –Houston Chronicle

“The narrative is clear and fluent, the nomenclature is studiously precise . . . and the theological conflicts of the fourth century are analyzed with . . . subtlety.” –History Today

“Ambitious, groundbreaking. . . . In the tradition of . . . Karen Armstrong’s A History of God . . . a scholarly history that is accessible, passionate and energetic.” –Hartford Advocate

“Freeman has a talent for narrative history and for encapsulating the more arcane disputes of ancient historians and theologians. . . . He manages not only to make these disputes interesting, but also to show why they mattered so much. It is a coup that few books on the early church pull off.” –The Independent

“Engaging and clearly written.” –The World and I

“[A] lucid account of an intellectual and social transformation that continues to shape the way Christianity is experienced and understood.” –The Dallas Morning News

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