Epicurus said that there is no Creator, that nothing can come from nothing, and that a perfect being would not intentionally disrupt human history.
Yet, Gassendi accepted Christ Jesus as his Lord and Savior.
Similarly, Epicurus advised Menoeceus to acknowledge the reality of the perfect existence.
Yet, many Epicureans in the secular world reject all forms of divinity.
Did Epicurean philosophy after the Renaissance enter a "neo-Epicurean" stage? Or can we attribute "neo-Epicureanism" to the Roman era, where otherwise conservative, apolitical Epicureans served in the Roman Senate and later assassinated the Emperor? Or could we even doubt the authenticity of Lucretius and Philodemus as orthodox "Epicureans" rather than later innovators, when they chose to write in poetic verse rather than frank prose? What of the ancient Greek Epicureans of the 2nd and 1st-centuries BCE whom were accused of being "Sophists" by other Epicureans due to differences in approaches to the nature of the mind? Or are we all Epicureans? Regardless, Epicurean theology seems to be the major point of contention throughout the world of modern Epicureans.
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