When Christianity spread throughout Europe, the landscape of philosophy changed dramatically. As the Catholic church formed, ideas that seemed to be in opposition to Christian teachings were repressed, and much of ancient Greek philosophy went with it.
Gradually, as Christianity’s hold in Europe was secured and intellectual thought began to hold value to people again, thinkers emerged. Much of the focus of philosophy in the middle ages focused on the search for proof and knowledge of God. Philosophers like Anselm sought logical proofs of God, while others like Aquinas adapted the philosophy of Aristotle to suit the Catholic church.