This introductory chapter discusses the ‘Problem of Paganism’ and premise of this issue, as well as the scope and methods this volume will undertake in unraveling the subject. The Problem posited here is a newly invented label which picks out a set of closely connected issues about pagan virtue and the knowledge of God and salvation — issues which reveal a central tension within the culture of Western Europe in the period from c. 200 to c. 1700, the ‘Long Middle Ages’. More often than not they are sidelined or hidden, but they are given sustained attention by a number of the most remarkable thinkers and writers of the period.
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