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Religion in Greek Literature 1894–1896

Lewis Campbell

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In Religion in Greek Literature, Lewis Campbell argues for a renewed appreciation of ‘our Hellenic inheritance’. In a positivist overview of Greek religion, the author begins with the antecedents of prehistory Hellas and how it progresses into a theology of Homer that was considerably advanced. The long unstable periods of transition and consolidation finally in the seventh century led to written codes of law and magnificent architecture and sculpture. Campbell then analyzes how philosophy, first found in the emerging rationality of Ionian culture, created an enlightenment resembling the Aufklärung which preceded the French Revolution. For Campbell, religion in Greek literature finds it culminating point in Plato. In conclusion, Campbell feels Greek civilisation has been dealt with unfairly both by assailants and apologists of Christianity. The development of spiritual and moral conceptions of both Hebrew and Greek have much in common. ‘It is welcome evidence of our belief that mankind are not deserted by their Creator, but are drawn continually upwards, in the course of a divine education.’
David Kahan
University of Glasgow

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OnlineLongmans, Green and Co.1898
OriginalLongmans, Green and Co.1898
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Templeton Press