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[ch. 3]
Celsus goes on to say of us: “They set no value on the oracles of the Pythian priestess, of the priests of Dodona, of Clarus, of Branchidæ;, of Jupiter Ammon, and of a multitude of others; although under their guidance we may say that colonies were sent forth, and the whole world peopled. But those sayings which were uttered or not uttered in Judea, after the manner of that country, as indeed they are still delivered among the people of Phoenicia and Palestine— these they look upon as marvellous sayings, and unchangeably true.”...
But let it be granted that the responses delivered by the Pythian and other oracles were not the utterances of false men who pretended to a divine inspiration; and let us see if, after all, we cannot convince any sincere inquirers that there is no necessity to attribute these oracular responses to any divinities, but that, on the other hand, they may be traced to wicked demons— to spirits which are at enmity with the human race, and which in this way wish to hinder the soul from rising upwards, from following the path of virtue, and from returning to God in sincere piety. It is said of the Pythian priestess, whose oracle seems to have been the most celebrated, that when she sat down at the mouth of the Castalian cave, the prophetic Spirit of Apollo entered her private parts; and when she was filled with it, she gave utterance to responses which are regarded with awe as divine truths. Judge by this whether that spirit does not show its profane and impure nature, by choosing to enter the soul of the prophetess not through the more becoming medium of the bodily pores which are both open and invisible, but by means of what no modest man would ever see or speak of. And this occurs not once or twice, which would be more permissible, but as often as she was believed to receive inspiration from Apollo. Moreover, it is not the part of a divine spirit to drive the prophetess into such a state of ecstasy and madness that she loses control of herself. For he who is under the influence of the Divine Spirit ought to be the first to receive the beneficial effects; and these ought not to be first enjoyed by the persons who consult the oracle about the concerns of natural or civil life, or for purposes of temporal gain or interest; and, moreover, that should be the time of clearest perception, when a person is in close intercourse with the Deity.
~ Origen (c. 184-c. 253), Contra Celsus, Book VII

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Am2NdgQY6nk
["R. Broschi - Arias for Farinelli - Vivica Genaux - mezzo soprano - YouTube"]

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Now THAT'S Mabel! (…and w/ Raymond Hitchcock. Snipped by me, with frame rate slowed down, from Nigel Dreiner's nice mini-documentary at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpxm302htAQ )

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[ch. 1]
In the six former books we have endeavoured, reverend brother Ambrosius, according to our ability to meet the charges brought by Celsus against the Christians, and have as far as possible passed over nothing without first subjecting it to a full and close examination. And now, while we enter upon the seventh book, we call upon God through Jesus Christ, whom Celsus accuses, that He who is the truth of God would shed light into our hearts and scatter the darkness of error, in accordance with that saying of the prophet which we now offer as our prayer, “Destroy them by Your truth.” [Psalm 54:5] For it is evidently the words and reasonings opposed to the truth that God destroys by His truth; so that when these are destroyed, all who are delivered from deception may go on with the prophet to say, “I will freely sacrifice unto You,” and may offer to the Most High a reasonable and smokeless sacrifice.
~ Origen (c. 184-c. 253), Contra Celsus, Book VII

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Over the past week a new title has been added to THE LIBRARY OF EARLY AMERICAN LITERATURE, that being:

WILLIAM GILMORE SIMMS: Atalantis: a Story of the Sea (1832); Southern Passages and Pictures (1839)

Kindle version:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08CTGGJSG
in paperback:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08CP92NPD

Which is the long poem "Atalantis" accompanied by two poetry collections* from the exceptionally prolific South Carolina author William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870), and whom, incidentally, Edgar Allan Poe rated the best of all American novelists. Of particular interest in this present set is "Atalantis: A Story of the Sea," and which is NOT available online (except a very early manuscript version reproduced in photographic images.) While for serious poetry enthusiasts pretty much all of Simms' of verse is worth at least a look, "Atalantis: a Story of the Sea" is a most unusual and interesting drama that takes place in what seems like an intoxicating dream; really I can think of very few if any 19th century literary works quite like it.

Meantime for the complete list of currently available LEAL titles, see:
http://www.gunjones.com/LEAL-urls.html
or else
https://tinyurl.com/ybfdgn5d

* Note. The second collection is The Eye and the Wing; Poems Chiefly Imaginative, and that is included with the 1848 edition of "Atalantis."

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Whether you are a person of faith or not, and or no matter how you look at it, this story is utterly and way beyond incredible.

See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5rVSDBreUM
["Biography: Maria Goretti - The Fourteen Flowers of Pardon" - documentary at 58:07 long]

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[ch. 70]
...“The hour is coming, when neither in Jerusalem, nor in this mountain, shall you worship the Father. God is a Spirit; and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” And by these words He taught men that God must be worshipped not in the flesh, and with fleshly sacrifices, but in the spirit. And He will be understood to be a Spirit in proportion as the worship rendered to Him is rendered in spirit, and with understanding. It is not, however, with images that we are to worship the Father, but “in truth,” which “came by Jesus Christ,” after the giving of the law by Moses. For when we turn to the Lord (and the Lord is a Spirit ), He takes away the veil which lies upon the heart when Moses is read.
~ Origen (c. 184-c. 253), Contra Celsus, Book VI

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