Thursday, January 23, 2014

"City of God" II.11-13

Chapter 11:
If nothing else, the Greek plays show us that the pagans make no distinctions among their gods, honoring good and evil alike--even as some of their thinkers seem to be somewhat uncomfortable with this practice and try to walk a fine line between actually worshiping evil and simply placating it.

Chapter 12:
Unlike the Greeks, the Romans seem to understand that some things should not be said on stage--they just kept such restrictions to themselves and did nothing for the honor of the gods.

Chapter 13:
The fact that the gods allow (and even encourage) themselves to be treated in a way that no Roman would ever tolerate for himself or the state proves that something is terribly askew in pagan theology. And at this point, Augustine applies a bit of the pagan logical method to their own system of divinities:

"And the whole of this discussion may be summed up in the following syllogism.
The Greeks give us the major premise:
if such gods are to be worshiped, then certainly such men may be honored.
The Romans add the minor:
But such men must by no means be honored.
The Christians draw the conclusion:
Therefore such gods must by no means be worshiped."

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