Medieval vs. Modern, by Dr. Peter Mullen

Incidentally, when the BBC wants to refer to something as particularly nasty, why do they always have recourse to the adjective ‘medieval’? The Middle Ages gave us the cathedrals, Thomas Aquinas, Anselm, Dante, Gregorian plainchant, Perotin, Giotto, chivalry, courtly love and a Christian Europe. The wonderfully progressive modern period gave us two world wars, Hitler’s holocaust, Stalin’s slaughter of 20 million, Mao’s killing of 70 million, the hydrogen bomb, abortion as a means of contraception, the destruction of marriage, Tate Modern, Jacques Derrida and the EU.

Read the complete article in The Salisbury Review, Autumn 2013.

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