Thursday, February 22, 2018

Short on laughs, though …

 A Cartoon History of Late Antiquity. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Most of The Darkening Age reads like an underachieving college sophomore's term paper.  Nixey stacks up superlatives for Romans, Greeks, and their culture as well as hate-drenched words for early Christians and their culture. She includes long paragraphs in the passive voice that make the reasoning impossible to follow, and even makes the bizarre observation that “thoughts were policed.” She footnotes inconsequential statements, but almost never footnotes the most sweeping (and usually false) claims. She uses words incorrectly (“assure” for “ensure” and “breathless” for “breathtaking”). She even has trouble with complete sentences, mixed metaphors, and noun/verb agreement.
Why would anybody publish something this bad? Because anti-Christianity is currently fashionable.

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