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The Epitome of the Divine Institutes

By Lactantius 240 320

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Title: The Epitome of the Divine Institutes  
Author: Lactantius 240 320
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Lactantius,. (n.d.). The Epitome of the Divine Institutes. Retrieved from http://netlibrary.net/


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First a question arises: Whether there is any providence which made or governs the world? That there is, no one doubts, since of almost all the philosophers, except the school of Epicurus, there is but one voice and one opinion, that the world could not have been made without a contriver, and that it cannot exist without a ruler. Therefore Epicurus is refuted not only by the most learned men, but also by the testimonies and perceptions of all mortals. For who can doubt respecting a providence, when he sees that the heavens and the earth have been so arranged and that all things have been so regulated, that they might be most befittingly adapted, not only to wonderful beauty and adornment, but also to the use of men, and the convenience of the other living creatures? That, therefore, which exists in accordance with a plan, cannot have had its beginning without a plan: thus [4] it is certain that there is a providence.

Table of Contents
· CHAP. I.—OF THE DIVINE PROVIDENCE. · CHAP. II.—THAT THERE IS BUT ONE GOD, AND THAT THERE CANNOT BE MORE. · CHAP. III.—THE TESTIMONIES OF THE POETS CONCERNING THE ONE GOD. · CHAP. IV. —THE TESTIMONIES OF THE PHILOSOPHERS TO THE UNITY OF GOD. · CHAP. V.—THAT THE PROPHETIC WOMEN—THAT IS, THE SIBYLS—DECLARE THAT THERE IS BUT ONE GOD. · CHAP. Vl.—SINCE GOD IS ETERNAL AND IMMORTAL, HE DOES NOT STAND IN NEED OF SEX AND SUCCESSION. · CHAP. VII. —OF the WICKED LIFE AND DEATH OF HERCULES. · CHAP. VlIl.—OF AESCULAPIUS, APOLLO, MARS, CASTOR AND POLLUX, AND OF MERCURIUS AND BACCHUS. · CHAP. IX.- OF THE DISGRACEFUL DEEDS OF THE GODS. · CHAP. X.—OF JUPITER, AND HIS LICENTIOUS LIFE. · CHAP. XI. — THE VARIOUS EMBLEMS UNDER WHICH THE POETS VEILED THE TURPITUDE OF JUPITER. · CHAP. XlI.—THE POETS DO NOT INVENT ALL THOSE THINGS WHICH RELATE TO THE GODS. · CHAP. XIII.—THE ACTIONS OF JUPITER ARE RELATED FROM THE HISTORIAN EUHEMERUS. · CHAP. XIV.—THE ACTIONS OF SATURNUS AND · CHAP. XX.—OF THE GODS PECULIAR TO THE ROMANS. · CHAP. XXI.—OF THE SACRED RITES OF THE ROMAN GODS. · CHAP. XXII.—OF THE SACRED RITES INTRODUCED BY FAUNUS AND NUMA. · CHAP. XXIII.—OF THE GODS AND SACRED RITES OF THE BARBARIANS. · CHAP. XXIV.—OF THE ORIGIN OF SACRED RITES · CHAP. XXV.—OF THE GOLDEN AGE, OF IMAGES, · CHAP. XXVI. —OF THE WORSHIP OF THE ELEMENTS AND STARS. · CHAP. XXVII.—OF THE CREATION, SIN, AND PUNISHMENT OF MAN; AND OF ANGELS, BOTH GOOD AND BAD. · CHAP. XXVIII.—OF THE DEMONS, AND THEIR EVIL PRACTICES. · CHAP. XXIX.—OF THE PATIENCE AND PROVIDENCE · CHAP.XXX. — OF FALSE WISDOM. · CHAP. XXXI. — OF KNOWLEDGE AND SUPPOSITION. · CHAP. XXXII.—OF THE SECTS OF PHILOSOPHERS, AND THEIR DISAGREEMENT. · CHAP. XXXIII.—WHAT IS THE CHIEF GOOD TO BE SOUGHT IN LIFE. · CHAP. XXXIV. — THAT MEN ARE BORN TO JUSTICE. · CHAP. XXXV. —THAT IMMORTALITY IS THE CHIEF GOOD. · CHAP. XXXVI. — OF THE PHILOSOPHERS,-NAMELY, EPICURUS AND PYTHAGORAS. · CHAP. XXXII. —OF SOCRATES AND HIS CONTRA- DICTION. · CHAP. XXXVIII.—OF PLATO, WHOSE DOCTRINE APPROACHES MORE NEARLY TO THE TRUTH. · CHAP. XXXIX. — OF VARIOUS PHILOSOPHERS, AND OF THE ANTIPODES. · CHAP. XL.—OF THE FOOLISHNESS OF THE PHI- LOSOPHERS. · CHAP. XLI.—OF TRUE RELIGION AND WISDOM. · CHAP. XLII.—OF RELIGIOUS WISDOM: THE NAME OF CHRIST KNOWN TO NONE, EXCEPT HIMSELF AND HIS FATHER. · CHAP. XLIII.—OF THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, AND HIS TWOFOLD NATIVITY. · CHAP. XLIV. —THE TWOFOLD NATIVITY OF CHRIST IS PROVED FROM THE PROPHETS. · CHAP. XLV. —THE POWER AND WORKS OF CHRIST ARE PROVED FROM THE SCRIPTURES. · CHAP. XLVI.—IT IS PROVED FROM THE PROPHETS THAT THE PASSION AND DEATH OF CHRIST HAD BEEN FORETOLD. · CHAP. XLVII.—OF THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST, THE SENDING OF THE APOSTLES, AND THE ASCENSION OF THE SAVIOUR INTO HEAVEN. · CHAP. XLVIII. — OF THE DISINHERITING OF THE JEWS, AND THE ADOPTION OF THE GENTILES. · CHAP. XLIX. —THAT GOD IS ONE ONLY. · CHAP. L. —WHY GOD ASSUMED A MORTAL BODY, · CHAP. LI. —OF THE DEATH OF CHRIST ON THE · CHAP. LII.—THE HOPE OF THE SALVATION OF MEN CONSISTS IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUE GOD, AND OF THE HATRED OF THE HEATHENS AGAINST THE CHRISTIANS. · CHAP. LIII. —THE REASONS OF THE HATRED · CHAP. LIV.—OF THE FREEDOM OF RELIGION IN THE WORSHIP OF GOD. · CHAP. LV. —THE HEATHENS CHARGE JUSTICE WITH IMPIETY IN FOLLOWING GOD. · CHAP. LVI.—OF JUSTICE, WHICH IS THE WORSHIP · CHAP. LVII.—OF WISDOM AND FOOLISHNESS. · CHAP. LVIII.—OF THE TRUE WORSHIP OF GOD, AND SACRIFICE. · CHAP. LIX. —OF THE WAYS OF LIFE,AND THE FIRST TIMES OF THE WORLD. · CHAP. LX.—OF THE DUTIES OF JUSTICE. · CHAP. LXI.—OF THE PASSIONS. · CHAP. LXII.—OF RESTRAINING THE PLEASURES OF THE SENSES. · CHAP. LXIII.—THAT SHOWS ARE MOST POWERFUL TO CORRUPT THE MINDS. · CHAP. LXIV. — THE PASSIONS ARE TO BE SUBDUED, AND WE MUST ABSTAIN FROM FORBIDDEN THINGS. · CHAP. LXV. — PRECEPTS ABOUT THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE COMMANDED, AND OF PITY. · CHAP. LXVI. — OF FAITH IN RELIGION, AND O

 

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