History Unhinged by Robert C. Cheeks

History Unhinged

Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science, and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe
by Thomas Cahill
Doubleday, 2006
(368 pages, $32.50, hardcover)

reviewed by Robert C. Cheeks

Sometimes civilization progresses both intellectually and spiritually, argued the philosopher Eric Voegelin, as it did in the High Middle Ages. But for us, “the general deculturation of the academic and intellectual world in Western civilization” has effected “the social dominance of opinions that would be laughed out of court in the late Middle Ages.”

An author who has closely examined this period, and does not laugh its insights out of court, is historian, . . .