Thursday, March 20, 2014

"City of God" VI.7-8

Chapter 7:
As suggested in the previous chapter, the "Civil" and "Mythical" theologies are really the same. In fact, they are the same because they are both deceptive and sinful, and those in exactly the same way. Even pushing the "civil" rites back into the shadows of the mystery religions (as with the Isis cult, for example) does nothing, for secret idolatry is no better than public idolatry.

Chapter 8:
We find that the Natural theology of the philosophers tends to openly reject the Mythical theology of the poets, and would also reject Civil theology if not for fear of punishment by the state (even though as Augustine has already established, Mythical and Civil are really the same thing).

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