A Dictionary of Christian Biography, Literature, Sects and Doctrines; Being a Continuation of the Dictionary of the Bible. Volume 3
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...of George, which had taken place nearly a year before. Nor does any writer connect the decree with Libanius, which must have been almost certainly done, rightly or wrongly, if it had been issued at Antioch.) This edict is so notorious and so often quoted that it is desirable to give a summary of it. "True learning," it declares, "consists in right opinions, not in literary proficiency, Even in trifles discord between mind and tongue is wrong. But in great tilings, such as teaching, only a cheat and a charlatan will teach one thing while he thinks another. All teachers, especially those who instruct the young, ought to be gentle, and not oppose the common belief, and try to insinuate their own--rhetoricians, grammarians, and sophists or teachers of philosophy and political science in particular. "Now Homer. Hesiod, Demosthenes, Herodotus, Thucydides, Isocrates, and Lysias all founded their learning upon the gods, and considered themselves dedicated to Hermes or the Muses. It is monstrous, then, that those who teach these writers should dishonour their gods. I do not wish them to change their religion that they may retain their offices, but I give them the choice, either not to teach, or, if they prefer to do so, to teach at the same time that none of these authors is guilty of folly or impiety in his doctrine about the gods. They make a living by the writings of these men, and ought not to perjure themselves for a few drachmas. "Up to the present time it was unsafe to profess the religion of the gods, but now there is no longer any excuse (as there was then) for reticence of opinion. If such teachers think these authors which they expound wise, and draw philosophy from them, let them emulate their religion. If they...
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