Paganism And Christianty Compared; In A Course Of Letures

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byJohn Ireland

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1825 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI. PLATO SUPPOSED TO TEACH HIGHEK DOCTRINES THAN OTHER PAGANS...INDISCREET ADMIRATION OF HIM... SCHOOL OF ALEXANDRIA... HIS DOCTRINE CONCERNING THE DEITY...SECONDARY GODS...DEMONS...FROM NONE OF THESE COULD ETERNAL LIFE BE DERIVED. The system which has just been reviewed, had obtained the admiration of many of the more learned and philosophical Pagans. Ashamed of the grossness of the common worship of the gods, they gladly accepted so creditable an interpretation of it. Varro was therefore supposed to have made a discovery of the hidden and substantial wisdom which originally belonged to the establishment of the popular idolatry. But the refutation of this branch of Heathen theology, was the smallest part of the labour of Augustin. The spiritual wants of his age called for an higher effort against the extraordinary influence of the name of Plato. We find, indeed, that impressions, of a peculiar kind, had been made on the Christian world by the opinions attributed to this eminent man. From the incidental notice already taken of him, it appears that he adopted and improved with superior eloquence, some of the higher doctrines of the school of Pythagoras, which had been delivered by Timaeus. He seems not to have been satisfied with the spontaneous formation, the self-derived perfection, or durability ascribed by some philosophers to the universe. He was therefore supposed to have arrived at the knowledge of the Divine Being, and to have made the great discoveries of Creation and the Unity. From other of his speculations were also derived the hopes of an Immortality to the soul. On account of the credit which he had acquired on these important questions, his philosophy was supposed to be particularly formidable to the Gospel.f Some...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1825 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI. PLATO SUPPOSED TO TEACH HIGHEK DOCTRINES THAN OTHER PAGANS...INDISCREET ADMIRATION OF HIM... SCHOO...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:92 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217740502

ISBN - 13:9780217740500

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