You touched it not; for in that touch was death. I again repeat the asser- tion, that I know of nothing which Socrates predict- ed, but what a wise man might foretel, even were his ears closed against the whisper of a demon; this you have not controverted : perhaps, however, you may yet condescend to bring forward some predic- tions to establish your belief. He fully acquiesced in it. In the literary pieces that we have read this semester, Buddha, Jesus Christ, and their religions have often been motifs. The witch trials was one of the most shameful events in American history. The fact that His words are used for religious purposes really counts, but regardless of this, His teachings truly can help.
I conceive, at the same time, that he was not sorry, the people should believe that he was inspired, or that he knew futurity by any effect of the divinity whatsoever. To make that assumption, though, is to presuppose the entire truth of Christianity, and if we presuppose that, then there is nothing further to discuss. Ancient Egypt, Ancient history, Euphrates 1533 Words 6 Pages Compare and contrast Iraq with any other country considering the following categories: 1 Economic System. Socrates did none of that. Therefore the Jewish leaders see no other solution than to get rid of Jesus. The reafoning of Paul to which I object fioeh not affect his authority with ref- pe6l to any thing that depends upon his own knowledge, or that he declares that he had in the pommunicatioaa with Jefus, with which he was favoured. I know not gentle readers : he has an unaccountable talent at making bold and unqualified assertions.
So at lealt I think, and for this I am truly thankful, and ef- pecially that 1 have been the inthument in the hands of God of enlightning the minds of many others. I endeavoured to shew that you have mag- nified the demon of Socrates into an importance not warranted by history, or by any consequences which flowed from its real or supposed suggestions. It follows not that if So- crates did not believe every idle tale which was told of the gods, that he did not hold substantially to the same gods with his countrymen. Elijah in succeeding ages exhibited the same pow- er to mankind. This clearly fhowsthe ground, and the extent, of the charge that was brought nginft him. Socrates first signalized himself in the battle of Potidea, which was fought at an early period of the Peloponnessian war. Horsely and yourself on the subject of the first of these histories, and into what Dr.
Perhaps he will say, that the creed I have quoted was not the work of Athanasius, and will refer us to his histories for proof of the affirmation. I repeat, that the sentiments and practice of Socrates in relation to war, degrade him not only inexpressibly below Jesus, but very much below many enlightened individuals in both ancient and modern times. I should hone, however, and am disposed to believe, that his statement is false. Or have the lines between the real Socrates and the Socrates of Aristophanes, Plato and Xenophon been so blurred that we do not know who the real man is. Indeed I much question whether any person educated as Socrates was, among polytheists and idolaters, could possibly, by the mere light of nature, have attained to a firm be- lief of divine unity, though he might in some de- gree have been sensible of the folly and absurdity of the prevailing superstitions.
But he never can answer satisfactorily to any candid and well informed mind. In this manner they ap- peared in public, night and day, counterfeiting drunkenness, and throwing themselves into the most indecent attitudes. Did he deny the justice of the principle that none can forgive sins but God? Jesus had convinced people to believe in Him by showing miracles with the help of His Father, the Lord God Himself. There is not a fir. As it affords such strong evidence of the truth of what has been advanced, and displays such vivid traits of character, I shall insert here the transla- tion of it, with Xenophon's sentences of introduc- tion.
He was known to create parables or stories to share with people. Upon the doctrine of the great sacrifices to be made by Christ for the sins of the whole world, the Jews are remarkably express. Enfield brings against the accuracy of Herodicus, but his want of celebrity ; but I hope that you will acknow- ledge with me, that there are many an honest man, and many an honest writer who have been steeped in obscurity and whose names have never been sounded by the loud clarion of fame. Both are attested to have lived in ancient times, though the attestations for Jesus are far greater, i. The Magi are not only acquainted with demons, hut perform all their magical opera- tions by the help of demons.
It renders more amiable the sceptres of kings, bends their hearts with love toward those over whom they are placed, and impells them to labour for the promotion of their prosperity and happiness. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there and reason- ing in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? It has influenced and spawned many different yet similar religions over its years. Their authors and sources are unknown, and they say no more about Jesus' life than Paul does except for a single reference to Pilate's role in Jesus' death. Afterlife, Life, Reincarnation 1306 Words 4 Pages habitually and carefully neat and clean can make for an interesting topic in a comparison and contrast essay. M 90 prejudices, that the very disciples of our Lord could not relnquish them, even after his death, till they were fully enlightened by the Holy Spirit at the day of Pentecost. Is it possible that they would have taken these direct and best adapted means to teach idolatry, by making the early christians believe that Christ was God, if they knew him to be a mere man.
What are the needs of the political community? We can- not conclude otherwise without making him a de- ceiver. I conclude with observ- ing, that the cause in which I have engaged, I con- sider as sacred ; and that I trust I shall aiways in that cause exert the little strength which I possess, though that little may prove unsuccessful. Allowing also, that the object of your pamphlet, as explained by you, was perfectly evident to the greater number of your readers, still I conceive that my objections against it were strictly and properly founded; because, Sir, whatever might be the views with which you wrote; still, while making a formal comparison, you were not justifiable in concealing the excellencies of the Saviour, and those appenda- ges which would have a tendency to exalt him, while you ascribed to the heathen, qualities and su- pernatural illumination which did not belong to him. They deserve now some attention. Numa Pompilius, in order to fill with wonder the infancy of Rome and to give a weightier and more dreaded influence to his laws, boasted, that in the dark shades of silence and of solitude, he held secret conferences with the goddess Egeria ; and the first Scipio deluded the people with the tale that he received from the gods secret and important counsels.