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10708Re: [Gnosticism2] Re: Manicheanism & Augustine

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  • Tsharpmin7@aol.com
    Mar 3, 2005
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      thanks, Mike...  maybe its the times and culture he was exposed to.
      i know very little about Augustine, but its not all that surprising to me 
      that any man should be focused in or obsessed with the poverty,
      squalor, disease, corruption, etc., Augustine was probably well
      acquainted with.  besides, he certainly wasn't the first to 
      misunderstand and ultimately distort a philosophy, as you've
      suggested he had.  and i'm lately beginning to wonder if sophistry
      isn't the normal operating procedure of most religious and political
      movements, especially as they devolve to the dogmatic state as
      opposed to the original active/perceptive state.  
      i read a recent biography about Francis of Assisi while i was in the
      hospital and was struck by how swiftly many aspects of his life
      became distorted and mythologized; the sophistry manifesting as
      intentional additions and substractions of his life motivated,
      possibly, by "well intentioned" desires to strengthen the faith and
      substantiate points of doctrine/dogma.  and isn't sophistry, after all,
      one of the favorite tools of the propagandist?
      your friend,
      Crispin Sainte III
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