n Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap - Methodologies of targeting - Renaissance militarism attacking Christianity as 'weakness' : original research

Volume 78, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0023-270X
  • E-ISSN: 2304-8557



Intellectuals in the post-Medieval West, striving for scholarly emancipation, developed methodologies to target so as to free themselves from the dominant Christian, largely Roman Catholic, intellectual tradition. Machiavelli was one such critic, calling for the repristination of pre-Christian classics. Such methodologies are never without an inherent quest for power. Machiavelli developed a Classicist, 'heroic exemplar' hermeneutic in order to extol the republicanist, manly, ferocious, imperialist virtues of Rome, the divisive, meek, caring, justice-seeking, unpatriotic, Christian leaders of his day. He therefore initiated Modern ideological militaristic competitiveness with its mutually suspicious balance of powers practices. This article forms part of a series of articles on methodologies of targeting groups.

In die na-Middeleeuse Weste het intellektuele, in hul strewe na wetenskaplike emansipasie, metodologieë ontwikkel om hulself van die dominerend-Christelike, meesal Rooms-Katolieke, intellektuele tradisie te bevry. Machiavelli was een so 'n kritikus; hy het gestreef na 'n repristinasie na die voor-Christelike Klassieke. Sulke metodologieë is nooit sonder 'n inherente magstrewe nie. Machiavelli het 'n Klassistiese, 'heroïes eksemplaristiese' hermeneutiek ontwikkel om die republikeinse, manlike, aanvallende, imperialistiese deugde van Rome te vereer, in teenstelling met die verdelende, sagsinninge, sorgsame, reg-soekende, onpatriotiese Christelike leiers van sy tyd. Hy het toe die Moderne ideologiese militaristiese kompeterendheidsidee met sy onderling-suspisieuse magsbalansgedagte ontwikkel. Hierdie artikel vorm deel van 'n reeks van sulke metodologieë wat groepe teiken.

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