Tarnas – “The Conversion of the Pagan Mind”

Click below for the terms & questions for “The Conversion of the Pagan Mind.”



1) Terms:




Logos (for Augustine)

Faith (for Augustine)

Original Sin / The Fall


2) Choose two other words to look up & define.

3) Describe at least three ways in which early Christianity and Augustine incorporated Greek ideas into their new, monotheistic religion. Did these three things change their original meaning at all, and if so, how?


4) Identify what you consider to be early Christianity’s two most significant departures from pagan traditions. What makes them so different?


5) How does Christianity, in its early years, interact with science/reason? Compare and contrast these early attitudes to our present-day views of both science and religion.


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