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History: Christendom

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  1. 1. Orientation
    10 Steps
  2. 2. Eternity in Operation: The Roman Principate and the New Testament Church
    11 Steps
  3. 3. Imperium sine Fine: The Successions of Rome, Judea, and the Apostolic Church
    11 Steps
  4. 4. The World That Died in the Night: Christianity, the Church Fathers, and the Transformation of Culture
    11 Steps
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1.2 – Read Alexis de Tocqueville Quote

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ASSIGNMENT:

  1. Read the following quote by Alexis de Tocqueville.
  2. Write a short essay or discuss with your instructor the following question: Why do religious nations, especially Christian nations, leave such lasting results or a legacy for generations to come?

SELECTION: Quotation by Alexis de Tocqueville.

“In ages of faith, the final end of life is placed beyond life. The men of those ages, therefore, naturally and almost involuntarily accustom themselves to fix their gaze for many years on some immovable object toward which they are constantly tending; and they learn by insensible degrees to repress a multitude of petty passing desires in order to be the better able to content that great and lasting desire which possesses them…This explains why religious nations have often achieved such lasting results; for whilst they were thinking only of the other world, they had found out the great secret of success in this.”