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THE SOLIDIFICATION OF DIVERGENT WAYS OF THINKING These cultural and religious differences are very important; consequently, even where the fundamental positions are iden44 CULTURAL FACTORS felt, is almost everything still deal, is different because differently interpreted, construed, expressed why we have given so much our book, Divided Christendom. ing criticism raised by and experienced. That space to these elements in 42 The extremely interest- which we have Vl. Lossky, since taken into account, has not shaken our actual convictions confirmed since by so many facts, and which are likewise the convictions of some excellent experts and friends of the East.

The installation of a Latin Emperor and of and the distribution of Byzantine Latin nobles. In short, there was a Latin patriarch territories as fiefs all to the the hatefulness of an armed occupation. " 57 However, Innocent III saved the honor of the papacy and of the Before the enterprise, he condemned it, Christian name. 11 hostile projects tian Byzantines; after the capture against the Chris- of the city at the insti- gation of the Venetians, he accepted the event and saw in it a means, providentially allowed by God perhaps, to re- union and to group the Christian forces against the Turks* But he emphatically disavowed the outrages establish committed against the Byzantines.

VARYING DEVELOPMENT OF EASTERN AND WESTERN CULTURAL IDEALS. The ally Latins considered the Greeks inordinately subtle; actu- the Greeks' quibbling and they often complained about 31 AFTER NINE HUNDRED YEARS their perfidy. 10 vented It was the Greeks, they the heresies. all 11 The said, Greeks, for their part, accused the Latins of barbarism and lack of culture. West been overrun by the Fifth Century ? 12 and It barians of Roman Empire, so its schools of Antiquity without a Whereas the West, after being overrun by the barand resuming life with them, was in great part igno- rantwith Church erate the has often been noted that just as culture perpetuated those its Had not the barbarians since the beginning Constantinople perpetuated the break.

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