Faith is not belief. Belief is passive. Faith is active.
A people's literature is the great textbook for real knowledge of them. The writings of the day show the quality of the people as no historical reconstruction can.
When the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.
To be able to be caught up into the world of thought - that is being educated.
Theories that go counter to the facts of human nature are foredoomed.