Friday, March 28, 2014

"City of God" VII.9-11

Chapter 9-11:
Whether we're discussing teleology or prior analytics (categories of thought laid out by Aristotle), or the relationships between matter and spirit, we run into problems and contradictions in the pagan view of the gods as laid out by Varro. There is simply no rational way to balance, for example, Janus and Jupiter.

Nor can we escape into the idea that there is only one god, and the pagan pantheon is merely a series of representations of this one god in many different forms, or by many different names.
Jupiter, for example, has many names, but these most certainly do not refer to different gods--we can see that from the way they are used and from the stories that are told about him in the mythology.

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