”… Western cultural inheritance is multifarious, and riven by the conflicting demands of Christian piety and Enlightenment scepticism. But the conflict between Christianity and Enlightenment served rather to strengthen the curriculum than to weaken it, injecting a shared method and common goal into the humanities at every level of study. Literary criticism, philosophy, foreign and classical languages, music, art and historiography, all could be approached through the dialectic of reason and faith. Western culture came across as a prolonged interrogation of the Christian religion, an attempt to understand, express, criticize and evaluate the Christian beliefs and imagery, and to portray the world through eyes that had been both blinkered by faith and dazzled by science but which, thanks to the high culture of our civilisation, had achieved a synthesis and a clarity that was uniquely able to transcend those partial points of view.”
– Roger Scruton
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