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December 29, 2010

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Abestone

τὸ δὲ κινδυνεύει, ὦ ἄνδρες, τῷ ὄντι ὁ θεὸς σοφὸς εἶναι, καὶ ἐν τῷ χρησμῷ τούτῳ τοῦτο λέγειν, ὅτι ἡ ἀνθρωπίνη σοφία ὀλίγου τινὸς ἀξία ἐστὶν καὶ οὐδενός. καὶ φαίνεται τοῦτον λέγειν τὸν Σωκράτη, προσκεχρῆσθαι δὲ τῷ ἐμῷ ὀνόματι, ἐμὲ παράδειγμα ποιούμενος, ὥσπερ ἂν εἴποι ὅτι “οὗτος ὑμῶν, ὦ ἄνθρωποι, σοφώτατός ἐστιν, ὅστις ὥσπερ Σωκράτης ἔγνωκεν ὅτι οὐδενὸς ἄξιός ἐστι τῇ ἀληθείᾳ πρὸς σοφίαν.” (Apology 23a-b)

Not in English, not by a representative of the present age, by someone whom (I take it) you don't consider your social or intellectual inferior, and I didn't have to get out of my chair to find it. What are you doing hunting for this in Ultima Thule? And what does it have to do with religion (as opposed to philosophy)?

michael reidy

Esteemed philosopher and man of letters Justin Erik Halldor Smith felt comfortable in the carrel of the ancient library in Helsinki, Finland. It was he liked to say his favoured habitat. He held in his hands a book which had once been owned by the great esotericist, necromances and genius of artillery Jacob Bruce. Spells and shells really but what was more important was that he had found the first clue which would point towards the location of the missing grimoires. Lenin had caused Bruce's laboratory on the top floor of the Sukharov Tower to be demolished in 1934. His stated reason was the elimination of the den of speculation that had grown up around the tower but others claim that he aimed to find the grimoires that were built into the wall. All that is known for sure is that the walls of the upper story were brought by truck to the dacha of Vladimir Lenin to be scryed by renegade priests. This residence was now a museum of sorts.

The epigraph which he had deciphered seemed no more than an ancient cracker motto but the Professor felt that therein lay the clue to the.....

skholiast

"religion is, in its essence, the coming-together of members of the same sociocultural stratum around a cluster of indisputable truths"

I understand all of this --indeed I find more or less the entire post congenial-- except the "same sociocultural stratum" part. There have been cultures held together, from monarch to serf, by a common creed. Or am I missing something?

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