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What were Christian attitude toward the classical culture?

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08/05/2008

St Augustine opposed the pessimistic agnosticism ("nothing can be known") prevalent in (his contemporary) Platonism. The early church stood in opposition to classical values, until an uncomfortable compromise was reached after the adoption of Christianity by the Roman Empire. Discomfort reached a head a thousand years later, with the Reformation; the Catholic preference was to celebrate classical art, while the Protestants in general deplored it.