From the July/August, 2001 issue of Touchstone
The Rise & Decline of Christendom in the West by James Hitchcock

The Rise & Decline of Christendom in the West

Christopher Dawson’s Panoramic View of Christian Europe

by James Hitchcock

Few historians have allowed themselves to range over the entire panorama of history as boldly yet as carefully as did Christopher Dawson, and as a mature scholar he made a division of European history into seven distinct phases: Greece, Rome, the Formation of Christendom, the Middle Ages, the Age of Religious Division and Humanistic Culture, the Age of Revolution, and the Disintegration of Europe.1

Some of his earliest published works dealt with primitive or pre-historic societies prior to this seven-stage division. In his first book, The Age of the G . . .


This article is only available to subscribers.

Login to Touchstone Online

Not a subscriber? Subscribe to Touchstone today for full online access. Over 30 years of content!

subscription options

Purchase
Online Subscription

Get a one-year full-access subscription to the Touchstone online archives for only $19.95. NEW: Download PDF of issues! That's only $1.66 per month!

Purchase Print &
Online Subscription

Get six issues (one year) of Touchstone PLUS full online access for only $39.95. NEW: Download PDF of issues! That's only $3.34 per month!

Transactions will be processed on the secure server of The Fellowship of St. James website, the publisher of Touchstone.

OR get a subscription to Touchstone to read on your Kindle for only $1.99 per month! (This option is KINDLE ONLY and does not include either print or online.)

Your subscription goes a long way to ensure that Touchstone is able to continue its mission of publishing quality Christian articles and commentary.


more from the online archives

29.5—Sept/Oct 2016

The True Atheist Myth

on Past & Present Atheism & the Invention of Happiness by Jordan Bissell

18.10—December 2005

A Mighty Child

on an Apostle’s Encounter with the Son’s Children by Anthony Esolen

19.4—May 2006

Liberalism as Religion

The Culture War Is Between Religious Believers on Both Sides by Howard P. Kainz

Touchstone is published by

All content The Fellowship of St. James — 2018. All rights reserved.
Returns, refunds, and privacy policy.