Philosophy and Ideas

The Revival of Christopher Dawson

In his wonderful landmark 1969 television series Civilisation, Kenneth Clark surveyed the achievements of Western civilisation magisterially and in a Ruskin-esque way. Though showing some church architecture and art with religious themes, he nearly ignored the role of religion in civilisation. Having pioneered the television documentary series, the young David Attenborough, Controller of BBC Two since 1965, commissioned another blockbuster, Jacob Bronowski’s The Ascent of Man. Ascent too saw no role for religion in its linking of human development to the development of science and scientific questioning and wondering. And this despite the fact that the title of the first…

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