Christianity is the most enduring legacy of the ancient world, and its emergence the single most transformative development in Western history. Even the increasing number in the West today who have abandoned the faith of their forebears, and dismiss all religion as pointless superstition, remain recognisably its heirs. Seen close-up, the division between a sceptic and a believer may seem unbridgeable but widen the focus and Christianity’s enduring impact upon the West can be seen in the emergence of much that has traditionally been cast as its nemesis: in science, in secularism and even in atheism. Tom Holland makes a welcome return to the Festival to discuss this fascinating topic.
Tom Holland is an award-winning historian, biographer and broadcaster. His books include Rubicon: the triumph and the tragedy of the Roman Republic and In the Shadow of the Sword
Jane Ohlmeyer is Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Modern History at TCD
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