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  • (Quote from Cassius)Not here in Ohio. They just closed the public library system where I work through next week at least "due to an abundance of caution." Most/all of the universities here are ceasing face-to-face classes for the balance of the semester. State health authorities are predicting cases will peak in Ohio near the end of April. Surreal... but looking for the pleasure where I can. We're in Terra Incognito here.
  • (Quote from elli)Thank you, elli for the Tragelaphus! I had never heard of a Tragelaphus before! I had to look it up and sure enough there was a Wikipedia article! That's going to be my go-to mythical animal name now Oddly enough, I saw scientists have conscripted the name to refer to an actual species of antelope, too. I also agree with your remarks on the smorgasbord of -isms. One should really pick one (or, okay, I'll give them two) and stick with it. Otherwise, there's simply too much on th…
  • Thank you, Hiram , for the article links. I admit that I enjoyed reading them, but I do have to agree with elli that those are some interesting credentials for Andrew James Brown. I'm a little confused, too, on what "Christian atheism" might entail. Belief in God is sort of the whole deal in Christianity, isn't it? Please don't misunderstand. I'm not holding you responsible for explaining "Christian atheism" I just found it an interesting potential oxymoron.
  • Fascinating, Elayne . I remember reading Spong a number of years ago. "Christian atheism" sounds like an evolution then of Jefferson's Bible editing by taking the supernatural out of the religion. Thank you so much for sharing. I'll admit that the phrase itself still strikes me as similar to "jumbo shrimp" or "unbiased opinion."
  • (Quote from Elayne)It's an interesting perspective. I would not, however, call it "the same as we read Venus in Lucretius metaphorically." Lucretius himself says in Book II: (Quote)Lucretius is explicitly telling us it's okay to use Neptune, Ceres, Bacchus, Mother of the Gods, etc., as long as we don't bring in "foul religion" and understand we're simply personifying the ocean, the grain crop, liquor, and earth. Christian atheists, on the other hand, it would appear to me, are engaging in a bit…
  • (Quote from Elayne)Oh, I understand they're not literalists in any sense of the word. Trust me. I know some literalists! My understanding is that those who want to call themselves "Christian atheists" are using *everything* Christian metaphorically: not taking the Bible literally, reinterpretating Christian theology, giving different significance and meaning to Christian ritual and practice, removing the "fairy tale" elements, etc. So, it sounds to me then that what you're saying is Lucretius a…
  • To attempt to get this thread back on track: I just read that the Ohio governor is closing all restaurants and bars to dine-in customers in the state as of 9 pm this evening: (Quote)We're living through an historical event everyone. Ialso read that genealogical organizations are encouraging people to document their family's reactions and how they're dealing with the epidemic for posterity. Peace and Safety, everyone!
  • For those looking for an Epicurean handwashing "song", it takes right around 20 seconds to recite the Tetrapharmakos twice in ancient Greek: Ἄφοβον ὁ θεός,ἀνύποπτον ὁ θάνατοςκαὶ τἀγαθὸν μὲν εὔκτητον,τὸ δὲ δεινὸν εὐεκκαρτέρητον Phonetically, approximately: a-phoe-bon ho theos a-noo-pop-ton ho thanatos kai taga-thon men youk-te-ton to de day-non you-ek-kar-tereton Recite it 2x while you wash your hands and you'll adhere to the health guidelines. Stay healthy everyone.
  • (Quote from elli)It's great to hear an actual Greek speaking the words of the Tetrapharmakos! In my pronunciation I was attempting to use the "classical" pronunciation as opposed to "modern" pronuciation, but, from what I'm reading, there is a LOT of discussion on what classical Attic Greek sounded like. THANK YOU so much for sharing this and allowing us to HEAR the words!!