Wednesday, August 24, 2005

"The Noblest and Most Lovable of the Great Philosophers" Ponders

"I have often wondered, that persons who make a boast of professing the Christian religion, namely, love, joy, peace, temperance, and charity to all men, should quarrel with such rancorous animosity, and display daily towards one another such bitter hatred, that this, rather than the virtues they claim, is the readiest criterion of their faith."

- Preface to Tractatus Theologico-Politicus (Elwes translation).

And some three hundred and fifty years later it is often still the case. Fxs

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