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BOY’S EYE VIEW
OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION"
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Now who do you suppose is the one individual most aggrieved and upset, indeed loses sleep, over the (real or alleged) offenses of Julian Assange?
....It is said also that the body of Alcmene disappeared, as they were carrying her forth for burial, and a stone was seen lying on the bier instead. In short, many such fables are told by writers who improbably ascribe divinity to the mortal features in human nature, as well as to the divine. At any rate, to reject entirely the divinity of human virtue, were impious and base; but to mix heaven with earth is foolish. Let us therefore take the safe course and grant, with Pindar, that
"Our bodies all must follow death's supreme behest,
But something living still survives, an image of life, for this alone
Comes from the gods."
Yes, it comes from them, and to them it returns, not with its body, but only when it is most completely
separated and set free from the body, and becomes altogether pure, fleshless, and undefiled. For "a dry soul is
best," according to Heracleitus, and it flies from the body as lightning flashes from a cloud. But the soul
which is contaminated with body, and surfeited with body, like a damp and heavy exhalation, is slow to release
itself and slow to rise towards its source. We must not, therefore, violate nature by sending the bodies of good
men with their souls to heaven, but implicitly believe that their virtues and their souls, in accordance with
nature and divine justice, ascend from men to heroes, from heroes to demi-gods, and from demi-gods, after they
have been made pure and holy, as in the final rites of initiation, and have freed themselves from mortality and
sense, to gods, not by civic law, but in very truth and according to right reason, thus achieving the fairest
and most blessed consummation.
~ Plutarch, "Romulus," ch. 28.
After this, through the influence of some motive which is unknown to me, Celsus asserts that it is by the names of certain demons, and by the use of incantations, that the Christians appear to be possessed of (miraculous) power; hinting, I suppose, at the practices of those who expel evil spirits by incantations. And here he manifestly appears to malign the Gospel. For it is not by incantations that Christians seem to prevail (over evil spirits), but by the name of Jesus, accompanied by the announcement of the narratives which relate to Him; for the repetition of these has frequently been the means of driving demons out of men, especially when those who repeated them did so in a sound and genuinely believing spirit. Such power, indeed, does the name of Jesus possess over evil spirits, that there have been instances where it was effectual, when it was pronounced even by bad men, which Jesus Himself taught (would be the case), when He said: “Many shall say to Me in that day, In Your name we have cast out devils, and done many wonderful works.” Whether Celsus omitted this from intentional malignity, or from ignorance, I do not know. And he next proceeds to bring a charge against the Saviour Himself, alleging that it was by means of sorcery that He was able to accomplish the wonders which He performed; and that foreseeing that others would attain the same knowledge, and do the same things, making a boast of doing them by help of the power of God, He excludes such from His kingdom. And his accusation is, that if they are justly excluded, while He Himself is guilty of the same practices, He is a wicked man; but if He is not guilty of wickedness in doing such things, neither are they who do the same as He. But even if it be impossible to show by what power Jesus wrought these miracles, it is clear that Christians employ no spells or incantations, but the simple name of Jesus, and certain other words in which they repose faith, according to the holy Scriptures.
~ Origen (c. 184-c. 253), Contra Celsus,, Book I
Back in the day, and unlike recent years where the diabolical is made palatable and acceptable even to children as per "Wicked" and "Harry Potter" (and similar Manichean programming), the movies presented evil and criminal spirit people as something undesirable. One particularly good film in this regard is "The Return of Dracula" (1958), appropriately produced by the now defunct United Artists, and starring Francis Lederer. In its use of working cemeteries and crypts and in depicting the practice of other worldly criminals of making evil as something good and desirable, it is disturbingly realistic. Although campy in some respects and the script sometimes too abrupt in its simple logic, "The Return of Dracula" (1958) is often quite chilling, and surprisingly so. Amusingly enough, in a later interview he did Lederer protested that he was actually a good person. Why he felt the need to explain this, see for yourself (if you haven't already.)
["The Return of Dracula - 1958 - Francis Lederer (HD Remastered / Full Movie)"]
["Beethoven - Symphony No.9 (10000 Japanese) - Freude schöner Götterfunken" - originally aired on the Arte channel]
...Now this is our answer to his [Celsus] allegations, and our defence of the truths contained in Christianity, that if any one were to come from the study of Grecian opinions and usages to the Gospel, he would not only decide that its doctrines were true, but would by practice establish their truth, and supply whatever seemed wanting, from a Grecian point of view, to their demonstration, and thus confirm the truth of Christianity. We have to say, moreover, that the Gospel has a demonstration of its own, more divine than any established by Grecian dialectics.
~ Origen (c. 184-c. 253), Contra Celsus,, Book I
(Actual song starts at 1:07.)
["Blowing In The Wind (1963) - Bee Gees"]