It is amazing how secular humanist propaganda is so craftily imbedded in modern textbooks. Try this one on for size:
"Within the Greek city-states, new ideas began to form, two of which would shape the history of the western world: First, a rational view of the universe, which eliminated supernatural causes for natural events and replaced them with scientific explanations...."
The second cause (democratic government) is then described...and then this bit of shameless editorializing immediately follows:
It is fitting that today is the Feast Day of the 3 Hierarchs (John Chrysostom, Gregory the Theologian, and Basil the Great). Something tells me they wouldn't be impressed with my textbook's version of ancient Greek history. They of course went on to make history themselves.
These three great luminaries are arguably the greatest teachers and intellectuals the Church has ever produced. They were staunch defenders of truth and tireless proponents of classical education. Their lives are stellar examples of how those who have been gifted with a keen intellect, who submit to the Church and her life, can truly glorify God.