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Thomas Cahill

Data urodzenia: 1940

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Thomas Cahill – amerykański pisarz i naukowiec, autor kilku bestsellerów.

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Cytaty Thomas Cahill

„Ocalenie w chrześcijaństwie psychologicznej tożsamości irlandzkiej jest jednym z cudów irlandzkich dziejów.“

— Thomas Cahill
Źródło: Jak Irlandczycy ocalili cywilizację..., cyt. za: Maria Janion, Niesamowita Słowiańszczyzna, Wydawnictwo Literackie, Kraków 2007, str. 14.

„Dzięki takim właśnie [chrześcijańskim] kopistom weszliśmy w posiadanie zasobnego skarbca literatury staroirlandzkiej, najstarszej zachowanej kultury europejskiej – powstałej w języku rdzennym miejscowej ludności.“

— Thomas Cahill
Źródło: Jak Irlandczycy ocalili cywilizację. Nieznana historia heroicznej roli Irlandii w dziejach Europy po upadku Cesarstwa Rzymskiego, przeł. A. Barańczak, Poznań 1999, str. 161.

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„The five-hundred-bushelers... were on average five, at most ten, times as rich as the thetes, the lowest grade of citizen. ...Today, the gap between, say, a municipal bus driver and a Fortune 500 CEO approaches infinity.“

— Thomas Cahill
Context: The five-hundred-bushelers... were on average five, at most ten, times as rich as the thetes, the lowest grade of citizen.... Today, the gap between, say, a municipal bus driver and a Fortune 500 CEO approaches infinity. Ch.IV The Politician and the Playwright: How to Rule

„This hamartia (tragic flaw, the same word that early Christians will use for“

— Thomas Cahill
Context: This hamartia (tragic flaw, the same word that early Christians will use for "sin," especially for original sin, the sin we are born with, the sin beyond any human being's control) is not incidental to Oedipus but is, rather, essential to his admirable character. He is strong, courageous, self-possessed, taking charge and striding boldly where others fear to go—the very qualities that foretell his undoing. Ch.IV The Politician and the Playwright: How to Rule

„Never interested in impressive edifices, Irish monks preferred to spend their time in study, prayer, farming—and, of course, copying. ...a little hut for each monk... a refectory and kitchen; a scriptorium and library; a smithy, a kiln, a mill, and a couple of barns; a modest church—and they were in business.“

— Thomas Cahill
Context: Never interested in impressive edifices, Irish monks preferred to spend their time in study, prayer, farming—and, of course, copying.... a little hut for each monk... a refectory and kitchen; a scriptorium and library; a smithy, a kiln, a mill, and a couple of barns; a modest church—and they were in business. Ch. VI What Was Found

„These symposia may have been, as much as anything, occasions to release the pent-up anxieties of a society always at war“

— Thomas Cahill
Context: These symposia may have been, as much as anything, occasions to release the pent-up anxieties of a society always at war—"the father of all, the king of all," "always existing by nature," as the Greek philosophers expressed it. Ch. III The Poet: How to Party

„While the outward form of the Western world remained Greco-Roman, its content became gradually Judeo-Christian.“

— Thomas Cahill
Context: For the most part, in the union of Greco-Roman with Judeo-Christian, the Greco-Roman turn of mind combined with Judeo-Christian values. While the outward form of the Western world remained Greco-Roman, its content became gradually Judeo-Christian. Ch.VII The Way They Went: Greco-Roman Meets Judeo-Christian

„The word the Athenians used for their Assembly was Ekklēsia“

— Thomas Cahill
Context: The word the Athenians used for their Assembly was Ekklēsia, the same word used in the New Testament for Church (and it is the greatest philological irony in all of Western history that this word, which connoted equal participation in all deliberations by all members, came to designate a kind of self-perpetuating, self-protective Spartan gerousia—which would have seemed patent nonsense to Greek-speaking Christians of New Testament times, who believed themselves to be equal members of their Assembly.) Ch.IV The Politician and the Playwright: How to Rule

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„The idea of physical resurrection struck them“

— Thomas Cahill
Context: The idea of physical resurrection struck them [the Greeks] as ghoulish.... Matter is the very principle of unintelligibity [or lack of intelligence]. Best to be done with it. For the Jews, who had little of no belief in the immortality of the soul, only salvation in one's body could have any meaning. Ch.VII The Way They Went: Greco-Roman Meets Judeo-Christian

„For a century and a half—from the middle of the fifth century to the end of the sixth—there had been... no formal communication between Rome and the Christians of Britain, nor had there been any between Rome and Ireland“

— Thomas Cahill
Context: For a century and a half—from the middle of the fifth century to the end of the sixth—there had been... no formal communication between Rome and the Christians of Britain, nor had there been any between Rome and Ireland... Ch. VII The End of the World

„The Irish... developed a form of confession that was exclusively private and that had no equivalent on the continent.“

— Thomas Cahill
Context: The Irish... developed a form of confession that was exclusively private and that had no equivalent on the continent. In the ancient church, confession of one's sins—and the subsequent penance... had always been public.... one did not necessarily choose one's "priest" from among ordained professionals: the act of confession was too personal and too important for such a limitation. One looked for an anmchara, a soul-friend, someone to be trusted over a whole lifetime. Ch. VI What Was Found

„Pericles' words are echoed in other critical speeches of later Western history“

— Thomas Cahill
Context: Pericles' words are echoed in other critical speeches of later Western history... Lincoln at Gettysburg... Churchill's... repeated promise to the British people... of "blood, toil, tears, and sweat." And no wonder, for both orator's knew their Thucydides and knew this speech [Funeral Oration over the Athenian dead in the first year of the Peloponnesian War].... the most obvious later parallel is the 1961 presidential address of John F. Kennedy.... When he told of the sacrifices yet to come, like Pericles he pulled no punches.... In neither case is there a confession of atheism, just an implied acknowledgement that a politician is no oracle and has no business speaking on behalf of heaven. Ch.VII The Way They Went: Greco-Roman Meets Judeo-Christian

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„Even the special appurtenances of Christian monasticism“

— Thomas Cahill
Context: Even the special appurtenances of Christian monasticism—silence, meditation, chanting, distinctive costumes, beads, incense, kneeling, hands raised in prayer—all too likely go back to the Pythagoreans and beyond them to their influences, the Indian Buddhists and their predecessors. Ch.VII The Way They Went: Greco-Roman Meets Judeo-Christian

„No longer did philosophers aspire to the deep spiritual insights and broad moral vision“

— Thomas Cahill
Context: No longer did philosophers aspire to the deep spiritual insights and broad moral vision of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. They divided into conflicting schools and wandered through the Greco-Roman world as permanent immigrants, picking up tutoring jobs as they could.... the upshot was a debased intellectual climate, fragmented and agnostic. Ch.VII The Way They Went: Greco-Roman Meets Judeo-Christian

„They divided into conflicting schools and wandered“

— Thomas Cahill
Context: No longer did philosophers aspire to the deep spiritual insights and broad moral vision of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. They divided into conflicting schools and wandered through the Greco-Roman world as permanent immigrants, picking up tutoring jobs as they could.... the upshot was a debased intellectual climate, fragmented and agnostic. Ch.VII The Way They Went: Greco-Roman Meets Judeo-Christian

„The terms of this new religion, though based on Hebrew models, were Greek terms.“

— Thomas Cahill
Context: The terms of this new religion, though based on Hebrew models, were Greek terms. Christ, Ekklēsia (Church), Baptism, Eucharist, Agapē (Lovingkindness)—all of Christianity's central words were Greek words. Christian patterns of thought... could indeed be traced to their origins in the coastal Levant, but they often shone with a Greek patina. Ch.VII The Way They Went: Greco-Roman Meets Judeo-Christian

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