Category Archives: Greek History

the greek origin of omniscience

The concept of omniscience in rooted in the idea of God’s “perfection”. In platonism, the perfect cannot change. Thus, if god changed (such as learning new information) then god would not be perfect. Omniscience, then, is an extension of platonistic … Continue reading

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an overview of the mystery cults

[W]e may say that a Mystery-Religion was (I) a religion of symbolism which, through myth and allegory, iconic representations, blazing lights and dense darkness, liturgies and sacramental acts, and suggestion quickened the intuitions of the heart, and provoked in the … Continue reading

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the status of homer in the ancient world

Homer wrote the Odyssey and the Iliad between 750 and 650 BC. Around 570 BC, Xenophanes introduced the notion that the Greek gods were false. Instead, the real god was without body: Clement of Alexandria Miscellanies 5. 109: Xenophanes of … Continue reading

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curiosities in the pythian odes

From Pindar’s Pythian Odes, on omnipotence: God bringeth every end to pass according to his desires. He over-taketh even the winged eagle and passeth the dolphin in the sea; and he bringeth low many a proud man, granting to other … Continue reading

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misquoted verses – vegetarians are weak and wine makes people stumble

Throughout Paul’s writings we find him addressing two food issues: 1. Kosher food laws. 2. Meat sacrificed to idols. When Paul writes about food, it is about one or both of these two issues. His statements should be understood in … Continue reading

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plato on the purpose of the mystery cults

The historians who study the issue tend to agree that Plato was initiated into the Mystery Cults of his time. Some say that he was singled out for revealing secret information about their teachings, although I have not found anything … Continue reading

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the church fathers claim a pagan as their own

Ammonius Saccas was a Greek philosopher who was active around 240AD. Ammonius Saccas taught Neoplatonism and spawned two renowned pupils: the Christian Origen and the Neoplatonist Plotinus. Plotinus, in turn, had a pupil who claims to have also known Origen. … Continue reading

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eating twice a day is gluttony

In Athenaeus’ Banquet of the Learned, he quotes Plato talking about his visit to Italy. Now Athenaeus lived around 200AD and Plato lived around 400BC, but both authors seem to think of multiple daily meals as exuberance. Here is Plato … Continue reading

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mencken on greek philosophy

From A Mencken Chrestomathy: Is it seriously argued that Plato was the most enlightened Greek of his age? Then it may be argued with equal plausibility that Upton Sinclair has been the most enlightened American of this one. Item by … Continue reading

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mortality and the western mindset

There is a very interesting article on the blog Experimental Theology in which the author discusses the difference between educated Western sensibilities and those of prison inmates. I’ve read some of the most scandalous passages in the bible to men … Continue reading

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