The Gods Of The Past


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The Gods Of The Past

  1. 1. The Gods of the Past <ul><li>“ One god, greatest among gods and men, in no way similar to mortals either in body or thought” </li></ul><ul><li>Xenophane </li></ul><ul><li>“ The ways of the gods are involved and mysterious; they send us good and bad fortune in turn and all is for the best” </li></ul><ul><li>Helen </li></ul>
  2. 2. The Gods of the Past <ul><li>“ But surely the state of the divine nature must be perfect in every way, and would therefore be the last thing to suffer transformation from any outside cause…… </li></ul><ul><li>Being as perfect as he can be, every god, it seems, remian simply and forever in his own form” </li></ul><ul><li>Plato </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Gods of the Past <ul><li>“ Seek to lead the god within you up to the divine in the universe” </li></ul><ul><li>Neoplatonist </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Gods of the Past <ul><li>“ Something than which a greater cannot be thought of “ </li></ul><ul><li>Anselm </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Gods of the Past <ul><li>“ Every necessary being has something else which is a cause of necessity. </li></ul><ul><li>One cannot regress to infinity with caused necessary beings </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore, there must be a necessary being that does not depend on anything else for its necessity. </li></ul><ul><li>This is a being “which all name God” </li></ul><ul><li>Aquinas </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Gods of the Past <ul><li>“ Faith can never convince us of anything that contradicts our knowledge” </li></ul><ul><li>Locke </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulties and incomprehensible mysteries are reasonably to be expected in a declaration from God” </li></ul><ul><li>Jonathan Edwards </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Gods of the Past <ul><li>“ I have therefore found it necessary to deny knowledge in order to make room for faith” </li></ul><ul><li>For the purely speculative use of reason, therefore, the Supreme being remains no doubt an ideal only, but an ideal without a flaw, a concept which furnishes and crowns the whole of human knowledge, and the reality of which, though cannot be proved, can neither be disproved in what way” </li></ul><ul><li>Kant </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Gods of the Past <ul><li>“ For what a man knows he cannot seek, since he knows it ; and what he does not know he cannot seek, since he does not know what to seek for……..thus the Truth is not introduced into the individual from without but was within” </li></ul><ul><li>Kierkegarrd </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Gods of the Past <ul><li>“ The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is required for their real happiness” </li></ul><ul><li>Marx </li></ul><ul><li>“ Ah brothers, this God which I created was human work and human madness, like all gods……….He was human and only a poor piece of man and ego: this phantom came to me from my won fire and ashes, that is the truth. It did not come to me from beyond” </li></ul><ul><li>Nietzsche </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Gods of the Past <ul><li>“ As the stream flows and disappear in the ocean, abandoning name and form, so the wise, freed from name and form enter into the supreme divine spirit” </li></ul><ul><li>Upanishad </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Gods of the Past <ul><li>“ Something mysteriously formed before heaven and earth. In the silence and void, standing alone and unchanging, ever present and in motion. Perhaps it is the mother of ten thousand things. I do not know its name. it is called Tao. For want a better word, I call it great. Man follows the earth. Earth follows the heaven. Heaven follows the Tao. Tao follows what is natural” </li></ul><ul><li>Tao te Ching </li></ul>