[LMB] OT: Proselytization was Re: OT: Chick-fil-A

Tony Zbaraschuk tonyz at eskimo.com
Tue Jul 31 21:53:08 BST 2012


On Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 03:57:58PM -0400, John Cowan wrote:
> Eric Oppen scripsit:
> 
> > You wouldn't make a very good Byzantine, then.  They had huge
> > religious controversies about differences just that tiny.  I don't
> > know Greek myself (life's too short to learn Greek, I always say) so
> > I can't go into too much detail, but one was over whether the Son
> > was of _similar_ substance to the Father, or _the same_ substance as
> > the Father---a difference of one letter in the Greek word for
> > "Similar/the same."
> 
> Indeed:  homo-ousia (same substance) vs. homoi-ousia (similar substance).
> The difference is literally just a jot, because "jot" is an English version
> of "iota".

Small words, but it's the difference between saying "a picture is like
a landscape", and "a picture _is_ a landscape."  More than just a 
letter or two lies in the distinction.


Tony Z

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A map is worth a thousand pictures.


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