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A Short History Of Ideas - Prophecy
2018-01-20 07:51
The word prophecy goes back a long way. It has its roots in the astronomy and astrology of ancient Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilisation. Almost as soon as we learned how to write, we lear… Read More
A Short History Of Ideas - Halloween
2017-10-22 10:05
In England, Ireland, Scotland and America we celebrate Halloween on October 31st with little understanding of the origins of the festival. Halloween is part of our culture, so we celebrate i… Read More
2017-10-08 06:58
The history of the idea of time is the history of progress. The clock changed the world as the wheel changed the world, except that with a clock you can’t travel backwards; time goes o… Read More
A Short History Of Ideas - War
2017-09-29 10:48
The motivation for almost all warfare throughout history has mainly been either economic gain or territorial gain. There have been wars fought over religion, but even these have been fuelled… Read More
2017-09-23 06:08
As Christianity spread its influence over Rome’s old empire, with its promise of immortality for those who repented of their sins, the concept of evil and what it represented became a… Read More
A Short History Of Ideas - Sin
2017-09-15 15:50
Sin, as a concept, stands in opposition to virtue. Aristotle examined both these concepts in his writing on Ethics. But he drew the line between deliberate acts of vice and ‘passionate… Read More
A Short History Of Ideas - Heaven
2017-09-09 14:32
As the Greek world died away the Roman Empire became the principal power in Europe and the Mediterranean basin.  With its blend of military might and relative barbarity, it broke the sp… Read More
Greek Philosophy Boiled Down - Part X
2017-09-04 09:43
In his History of Western Philosophy, Bertrand Russell writes, “Until the Punic Wars, the Romans had been a bucolic people, with the virtues and vices of farmers: austere, industrious… Read More
Greek Philosophy Boiled Down - Part IX
2017-08-28 16:00
In the second century BC, while the Roman Empire was stocking its legions and perfecting its drills, the outlook of Greek philosophers was becoming more and more individualistic. They began… Read More

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