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" The various modes of worship, which prevailed in the Roman world, were all considered by the people, as equally true; by the philosopher, as equally false; and by the magistrate, as equally useful. "
Ecclesiastical history, a course of lectures - Page 24
by William Jones - 1831
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Gibbon and the 'Watchmen of the Holy City': The Historian and His Reputation ...

David Womersley, Thomas Warton Professor of English David Womersley - 2002 - 452 lehte
...(Boswell, Life of Johnson, 840-1l. " DF ii. 795. Compare also his famous comment on Roman religion; 'The various modes of worship which prevailed in the...equally false; and by the magistrate as equally useful' (DF i. 56l. English politics in the eighteenth century abo required the endorsement of useful fictions....
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Constantine and the Bishops: The Politics of Intolerance

H. A. Drake - 2002 - 632 lehte
...intransigence. He set the tone early, remarking during a survey of conditions in the second century that "the various modes of worship which prevailed in the...equally false; and by the magistrate as equally useful." Later, he applied this premise to the specific topic of persecution, contrasting the "inflexible obstinacy"...
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Retos de la razón práctica

José Manuel Bermudo Avila, Montse Lavado Fau - 2002 - 585 lehte
...by the reflections ofthe enlightened, and by the habits ofthe superstitious, part oftheir subjects. The various modes of worship, which prevailed in the...the people, as equally true; by the philosopher, as equallyfalse; and by the magistrate. as equally useful. And thus toleration produced not only mutual...
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In The Steps Of St. Paul

H.v. Morton, v Morton - 2008 - 528 lehte
...merrier," so long as none of them was political. Gibbon put this attitude very well when he said that "the various modes of worship which prevailed in the...all considered by the people as equally true; by the philosophers as equally false; and by the magistrates as equally useful." It was in Antioch, the home...
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Mexico: Volume 1, From the Beginning to the Spanish Conquest

Alan Knight - 2002 - 254 lehte
...fused, split and evolved in a manner more reminiscent of the Roman Empire. However, if Roman cults 'were all considered by the people as equally true;...as equally false; and by the magistrate as equally useful',16 such tolerant heterodoxy was alien to Mesoamerican religion, which combined a complex, shifting...
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Ancient History: Key Themes and Approaches

Neville Morley - 2000 - 241 lehte
...considered by the people, as equally true; by the philosophers, as equally false; and by the magistrates, as equally useful. And thus toleration produced not...only mutual indulgence, but even religious concord. Ibid., Chapter II, Vol. I p. 56. 3 Under the Roman empire, the labour of an industrious and ingenious...
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The Enlightenment: A Sourcebook and Reader

Paul Hyland, Olga Gomez, Francesca Greensides - 2003 - 467 lehte
...the reflections of the enlightened, and by the habits of the superstitious, part of their subjects. The various modes of worship which prevailed in the...only mutual indulgence, but even religious concord. [...] II. The narrow policy of preserving, without any foreign mixture, the pure blood of the ancient...
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The Omphalos and the Cross: Pagans and Christians in Search of a Divine Center

Paul Ciholas - 2003 - 513 lehte
...the reflections of the enlightened, and by the habits of the superstitious, part of their subjects. The various modes of worship, which prevailed in the...produced not only mutual indulgence, but even religious concord.51 There were some exceptions to that for the Christians, mostly under the rule of Marcus Aurelius....
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How We Believe, 2nd Edition: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God

Michael Shermer - 2003 - 330 lehte
...Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon concluded his discussion of religion with this observation: "The various modes of worship which prevailed in the...equally false; and by the magistrate as equally useful." As we have seen, belief in God in the modern world is a function of a complex array of reasons that,...
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The Scientific & the Divine: Conflict and Reconciliation from Ancient Greece ...

James A. Arieti, Patrick A. Wilson - 2003 - 334 lehte
...therefore no principled way of preferring one to another. Gibbon, referring to Roman religion, writes, "The various modes of worship, which prevailed in...as equally false; and by the magistrate, as equally useful."22 The impossibility of logically differentiating among religions is reinforced by the capriciousness...
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