Monday Meslier: 63 – All Religion Inspires But A Cowardly And Inordinate Fear Of The Divinity

Many people make a subtle distinction between true religion and superstition; they tell us that the latter is but a cowardly  and inordinate fear of  Divinity, that the truly  religious man has confidence in  his God,

Jean Meslier Portrait

Jean Meslier Portrait

and loves  Him sincerely; while the superstitious man sees in Him but an enemy, has no confidence in Him, and represents Him as a suspicious and cruel tyrant, avaricious of His benefactions and prodigal of His chastisements. But does not all religion in reality give us these same ideas of God? While we are told that God is infinitely good, is it not constantly repeated to us that He is very easily offended, that He bestows His favors but upon a few, that He chastises with fury those to whom He has not been pleased to grant them?

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The Dining Philosophers, rebooted

Epicurus muttered, “None of this affects me at all,” excused himself, and slipped out the back door practically unnoticed. That left the table unbalanced. On one side were the ancient worlders: Plato and Aristotle, heads together in deep discussion, and Socrates, who appeared to be gently questioning Miletus while Sextus Empiricus studiously withheld judgement on the proceedings.

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