Archive for May 20th, 2009

My series of Jerome’s letters continues with another nice letter to Paul of Concordia, an old Christian scholar with an enviable library.

Letter 10


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On Christian Doctrine continues with a brief aside on why divination is both foolish and wicked, with some thoughts on astrology in particular. This is set up as an example of pagan knowledge that isn’t really useful to study. The interesting bit is that St. Augustine sees the whole thing as a sort of demonic con game for some people and of humans tricking themselves for the rest. (And yes, St. Augustine has more asides than a dodecahedral dice collection.)

Book 2, Chapters 19-24



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