[LMB] Rome and Babylon was re: Bringing it back to LMB [Was:OT: verging on
mathews55 at msn.com
Mon Sep 12 19:42:37 BST 2011
Well... all of those things you cite come from deeply religious traditions, too.
Babylon and ancient Rome were not primarily inhabited by atheists: indeed, I suspect
atheists were quite rare within those populations, and that Rome had many more
devoutly religious people than modern Sweden does. I'm not a Classicist, but
superficial reading has given me the impression that Romans believed that
in order to be a person of good ethical standing - a virtuous man or woman
- you should give the gods their due and worship them faithfully. That was quite true. It was a matter of practice rather than doctrine, and at times was closer to
our saluting the flag than it was to what we'd call a worship service, but, yes.
That's why they were so upset with monotheists who would not do the right thing - and, BTW,
referred to them as "atheists." They were seen as a danger to the safety of the City. If the ancestral
gods weren't happy, nobody's happy.
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