Jerusalem, Athens, and the Study of History at Hillsdale College


The Western heritage has two essential elements, represented by Athens and Jerusalem. Philosophy has its roots in ancient Greece and seeks to answer such questions as, “What is the good?” and “What is the best way for man to live?” The idea of monotheism first arose with the ancient Hebrews. These two elements together gave rise to Western Civilization and later to the American Founding.


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Larry P. Arnn is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College, where he is also professor of politics and history. He received his B.A. from Arkansas State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School.