The next book on my list is this... The Closing of the Western Mind by Charles Freeman
When the Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity in the fourth century A.D. and declared it the official religion of the Roman empire, he initiated a change that would thrust the Western world into a dark age. The Closing of the Western Mind is Charles Freeman's enthralling account of this pivotal point in Western history. Drawing on his encyclopedic knowledge of the ancient world, Freeman shows how the first alliance of church and state resulted in the abandonment of the Greek intellectual tradition. He explains how the efforts of Christian leaders to establish an orthodoxy and solidify their position within the state led them to stifle debate and dissent and to paper over doctrinal contradictions. And he examines early church councils, writings, art, and such personalities as Augustine and Ambrose of Milan in a fascinating chronicle of the church's expanding influence, the origins of its uneasiness with sexuality, its profound opposition to science, and the development of anti-Semitism
. With brilliance, clarity, and an eye for the vital detail, Freeman has made a signal contribution to our understanding of the early church and the legacy of faith's subjugation of reason.
And this one...The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance
The last one I'll read will be this The Genesis of Science: How the Christian Middle Ages Launched the Scientific Revolutionwww.amazon.com/Genesis-Science-Christian-Scientific-Revolution/dp
I've reviewed the table of content and was fascinated to see that enthocentric
nature of Christianity is shining through. Nothing is mentioned about the Greeks and Christinization
of Pagan Science is one of the chapters. Apparently, whatever science was there before organized Christianity had to be Christianized which somewhat is perplexing as science is not domain of a particular religion. In fact, how can "poetry" and "meaning" of life deal with calculus and thermodynamics?