Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Augustine:  On pundits.

"For Babylon means confusion, as we remember we have already explained.  Nor does it matter to the devil, its king, how they wrangle among themselves in contradictory errors, since all alike deservedly belong to him on account of their great and varied impiety." - City of God, Book XVIII, chapter 41.

I have been listening to Augustine while commuting for a few months.  The statement above is with regard to worldly philosophical sects which produced directly contradictory opinions, even though they all purport to be the experts on wisdom.  The contradictions began with the Greeks, and spread to the Romans.  Augustine is still a timely read, since it reminds us of how great nations rot due to vice, and then are brought down by the external problems when they can no longer withstand things.

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