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50 years prior to Philoponus, Christians from Gaza, trying to impression Alexandrian Christians, defended the Christian trust in resurrection and the finite period of the realm, and attacked rival Neoplatonist perspectives. Aeneas addresses an strange model of the nutrition chain argument opposed to resurrection, that bodies gets eaten through different creatures. Zacharias assaults the Platonist examples of synchronous construction, that have been the creation of sunshine, of shadow, and of a footprint within the sand. a fraction survives of a 3rd Gazan contribution by way of Procopius. Zacharias lampoons the Neoplatonist professor in Alexandria, Ammonius, and claims a number one function within the rebellion which resulted in the cleverest Neoplatonist, Damascius, fleeing to Athens. It was once merely Philoponus, although, who was once in a position to embarrass the Neoplatonists by way of arguing opposed to them all alone terms.

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12 TH. 14 Since it is wearisome for the soul to follow along with the Creator and for it to journey round the whole universe 10 14 15 6,1 5 10 15 7,1 5 10 Aeneas of Gaza: Theophrastus on high with God, and to be ordered and ruled by him, for this reason, he says, the soul is carried downward by the desire for repose and the hope of sovereignty. 15 Under the inspiration of his wisdom, he rooted the perpetually- and self-moving soul in a vegetative life. 21 And further, he has declared the journey hence of the soul to be a freeing from bonds and a flight from the cave.

20,1 5 10 15 20 21,1 5 TH. But would it not be better for men to become good by necessity than in the name of freedom to choose evil? EU. And what would virtue amount to for a soul compelled to serve? For nothing imposed by force is a very good lesson nor is anything which comes about by necessity a suitable subject for commendation. How would man be better off: if he were a stone carried about wherever the mason wished,82 rather than if he produced a note from himself, which the Creator then arranges beautifully in accordance with the harmony of the universe?

Do you mean that the same soul oftentimes comes down into this life? 5 TH. Well, I do – at least, unless you have some wiser solution to reveal. EU. 12 TH. 14 Since it is wearisome for the soul to follow along with the Creator and for it to journey round the whole universe 10 14 15 6,1 5 10 15 7,1 5 10 Aeneas of Gaza: Theophrastus on high with God, and to be ordered and ruled by him, for this reason, he says, the soul is carried downward by the desire for repose and the hope of sovereignty. 15 Under the inspiration of his wisdom, he rooted the perpetually- and self-moving soul in a vegetative life.

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