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Les sages sémitisés. Nouvel ethos et mutation religieuse dans l’Empire romain

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This chapter describes the relationship between ethos and religious change in the Roman Empire. While the Greco-Roman philosophical ethos focused on anthropology, the Judeo-Christian religious ethos emphasized the common origin of mankind by divine fiat. In the dialectic of religious relationships and intellectual exchanges between West and East, the great religious transformation of the Roman Empire cannot be understood without the profound impact of the East on the West. Intellectual synthesis created in the tenth century Baghdad represent a major station on the East-West dialogue through the ages, this time marked by the Greek impact on Arab culture. In other words, the formation of Christian thought in late antiquity could be represented as a praeparatio islamica, having only permitted through "Semitised wise men" who were the Fathers of the Church, the formation of paleo Islam and Islamization. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords:  religious ethos; religious change; Roman Empire; Semitised wise men



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