Bettany Hughes writes a great review for Catherine Nixey’s The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World. I knew I’d be interested in the book before I read Hughes’ review, but I’m so glad I was able to find a few interesting quotes:

…Nixey makes the fundamental point that while we lionize Christian culture for preserving works of learning, sponsoring exquisite art and adhering to an ethos of “love thy neighbor,” the early church was in fact a master of anti-intellectualism, iconoclasm and mortal prejudice.

And the following…

Nixey delivers this ballista-bolt of a book with her eyes wide open and in an attempt to bring light as well as heat to the sad story of intellectual monoculture and religious intolerance.

I love “ballista-bolt of a book.” I’m looking forward to grabbing this from the library when it comes out.