Category archives: History

From Constantine to Justinian: the triumph of Christian ‘terrorism’

From Constantine to Justinian: the triumph of Christian ‘terrorism’

History

By Jesús Zamora Bonilla

One book that has caused much stir in the past months is Catherine Nixey’s The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World. I confess I approached the book with some skepticism, for ‘the classical world’, I thought, was already considerably ‘destroyed’ by the time Christianism became the official, and soon the only legal […]

The Enlightenment wars (& 3): but…what kind of humanism do we need?

The Enlightenment wars (& 3): but…what kind of humanism do we need?

AnthropologyEconomicsHistory

By Jesús Zamora Bonilla

In the two previous entries (1, 2) of this series I described the different diagnoses that Marina Garcés and Steven Pinker make of humanity’s current predicament, without concealing my sympathies for the latter’s: with up and downs, with unequal division of the benefits, without bringing us a literal paradise, with lots of problems still to […]

The Enlightenment wars (1): progress or decline?

The Enlightenment wars (1): progress or decline?

AnthropologyEconomicsHistory

By Jesús Zamora Bonilla

Keep in mind the word Enlightenment, because it’s very likely that it will be one of the most fashionable concepts within the next months. At a global level, Steven Pinker’s new book, Enlightenment now, will probably carry the lead in terms of sellings, comments and criticisms. But by a fortunate coincidence, its publication has been […]

Columbus and the shape of the Earth, a “Holywood” story

Columbus and the shape of the Earth, a “Holywood” story

HistoryPhilosophy of science

By Jesús Zamora Bonilla

It is said that Washington Irving’s biography of Christopher Columbus, published in 1828, was the work that started the legend that the discoverer of America was the person that convinced the ‘nearly medieval’ Europeans of his time of the sphericity of the earth, a legend that has captured the popular imagination since then. Nothing could […]