Thursday, September 6, 2007

Socrates on the distinction between philosophy and theology, from Memorabilia, I, i, 6-9

Here we have Xenophon relating to us Socrates' view on the quarrel between human thought {reason/philosophy}and divining {theology}. Each, Socrates holds, has its proper place. "What the gods have given human beings to accomplish by study must be studied; what is not clear to human beings should be inquired about from the gods by means of divining; for the gods give a sign to those who happen to be in their grace.”

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