The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great

1 · Jake Trent · Dec. 4, 2019, 1:19 p.m.
When “Western civilization” is mentioned, what does that mean, and where did it come from? Shapiro concisely draws its origins from 2 sources: Jerusalem and Athens. Jerusalem as the center city of the Bible, where we are taught that life has a purpose and that each individual is of great worth. Athens as the center of ancient Greek thought, where we’re taught that man can use reason to discover purpose and decide how to best act for the highest good. ...