Liberty and the Death of God

The long, slow Death of God began on May 23, 585 B.C., when Thales of Miletus (625-545 B.C.) correctly predicted a solar eclipse. That the birth of Western philosophy on this momentous day ultimately led to the so-called Death of God is not explained by the hoary, worm-ridden chestnut that religion and rational thought cannot coexist. It was rather the early seeds of materialism, planted by Thales and later thinkers, which caused philosophy's cradle to be made, in part, from the wormwood of secularism.  Other pre-Socratic philosophers, notably the mathematical mystic Pythagoras (c. 570-490 B.C), took a decidedly non-materialist tack, and some even included an explicitly divine principle in their systems of thought. So the die was cast, and the tension between philosophical and religious thought became a kind of "white noise" that often went unnoticed for its ubiquity.   Socrates (470-399 B.C.) claimed to be possessed by a daemon (spirit) that told him what to...(Read Full Article)

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