- Jul 2007
I wouldn't really say that. They'd expunged supernaturalism and myth from numerous fields (such as, for instance, history) and in some senses regarded religion as mostly a public duty, by that time (we aren't talking about Homeric Greece here, after all). They certainly practiced it, but they did so in the same sense that Confucians continued to go through the motions of Chinese folk religion - because it was perceived as a social virtue, not necessarily out of fervent belief. By the time Christianity showed up, they don't seem to have been as involved in their own religion as they had once been.I see no reason why Greece would be more resistant to Christianity than any other culture. It had always been a very spiritual nation - the pantheistic beliefs were almost universal in Ancient Greece.
Hmmm ... I don't think that was really how it worked. Greek philosophy had long since been secularized, and continued to develop while the Greek religion became somewhat ossified. Christianity, on the other hand, was a fusion of religion and philosophy and alot of it was very compatible with the Greek philosophies - perhaps even inspired by the Greek philosophies in some aspects. This made it an attractive substitute, in some ways more in keeping with Greek ideals than the old religion.Even if I accepted that a development from "rationalism" to Christianity as illogical, or "evolution in reverse"