The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World

The historical account of the unlikely ascension of a Jewish savior cult. A calamity humanity has yet to recover from. A page turner. It had my emotions on simmer from beginning to end. This book is a must read. I got my copy at my local library.

by Catherine Nixey

Goodreads: The Darkening Age is the largely unknown story of how a militant religion deliberately attacked and suppressed the teachings of the Classical world, ushering in centuries of unquestioning adherence to ‘one true faith’.

Despite the long-held notion that the early Christians were meek and mild, going to their martyr’s deaths singing hymns of love and praise, the truth, as Catherine Nixey reveals, is very different. Far from being meek and mild, they were violent, ruthless and fundamentally intolerant. Unlike the polytheistic world, in which the addition of one new religion made no fundamental difference to the old ones, this new ideology stated not only that it was the way, the truth and the light but that, by extension, every single other way was wrong and had to be destroyed. From the 1st century to the 6th, those who didn’t fall into step with its beliefs were pursued in every possible way: social, legal, financial and physical. Their altars were upturned and their temples demolished, their statues hacked to pieces and their priests killed. It was an annihilation.

Authoritative, vividly written and utterly compelling, this is a remarkable debut from a brilliant young historian.


For your consideration.

“Why should anyone feel compelled to be subservient to a benevolent benefactor?

Put another way, what kind of mind demands to be worshipped for doing what came naturally?” Nationofnope.


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8 thoughts on “The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World”

  1. Just ordered this book. Thanks.
    Have you read The Closing of the Western Mind? I have not, but it looks interesting.

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