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Struggle of Faith and Reason: A History of Intolerance and Punitive Censorship

Part II: From Mediaeval Cathars to Giordano Bruno and Lucilio Vanini

Juhani Sarsila

Humanists look up to Hellas as the cradle of European culture. The book spans nearly five centuries of a later epoch of this worthy tradition. Starting with the awesome high-mediaeval Cathars, the exposition proceeds in chronological order. Eventually, we meet Giordano Bruno and Lucilio Vanini, both of them red-letter heretics. The work affords cognisance of a neglected branch of learning. History of morals in general, and that of the struggle of faith and reason in particular, provides in-depth insights into the allotted fate of dissentient man. A potentially fateful nexus appears to be interweaving between book and author. Organised religion is evermore based on the politically beneficial idea of anthropomorphism or metaphysical projection. For has Man not made God in his image?

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The Author Juhani Sarsila, PhD, now a senior citizen, used to be a university teacher guiding students in Latin, Greek, and history of ideas and learning, or intellectual history (Geistesgeschichte). He has issued manifold monographies, articles, and essays regarding ancient virtue ethics and early Finnish nationalism, the role of forgery in European history as well as the theory and practice of persuasion, or rhetoric. In 2020, he eventually released the first part of his opus maius, as it would be, Struggle of Faith and Reason from Homer to Peter Abelard and Arnold of Brescia.

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