Discus The legacy of the ancient Jews
The Jewish bible with its view of God, human nature, divine punishment, and social justice, plays a huge
part in the Jewish life. Christianity is the essential religion of western Civilization, which came from
ancient Judaism. The line between the two is monotheism, moral autonomy, prophetic values, and Hebrew
Scriptures as the word of God, are numerous and strong. Jesus cannot be understood w/o looking at his
background. Judeo-Christian tradition is the essential component of western civilization.
Discuss the Greek achievement of reason, freedom, and humanism.
The Greeks warred, massacred, and enslaved; they could be cruel, arrogant, contentious, and superstitious;
and they often violated their own ideals.
defined the individual by the capacity to reason.
Aspect of Greek civilization- science, philosophy art, drama, literature, politics, historical writings.
/showed a growing reliance on human reason and diminishing dependence on the Gods and mythical
Greeks both created civic politics and political freedom.
The Greeks held that men are capable of governing themselves, and they valve active citizenship.
In valving the human personality, the Greek humanists. Did not approve of lying w/o restraints; they aimed
at creating a higher type of man.
Theoretical reason, by defining political freedom and by affirming the worth and potential of human
personality the Greeks broke with the Past and Founded the rational and human tradition of the west.
Discuss the Roman Legacy
Rome strengthened the foundations of the Western Cultural tradition.
Latin language lived on after Rome perished.