Posts tagged "Holy Scriptures"

Melanchton on the Usefulness of Fables

Melanchton on the Usefulness of Fables

Excerpts from Philipp Melanchthon’s short treatise (1526 or so) ‘On the Usefulness of Fables':

‘There is altogether nothing more beautiful and pleasant than the truth, but it is too far removed from the sight and eyes of men for it to be beheld and known fortuitously. The minds of children need to be guided and attracted to it step by step by various enticements, so that they may then contemplate more closely the thing which is the most beautiful of all, but, alas, all too unclear and unknown to mortals… Therefore, extremely sagacious men have devised some tales which first rouse…

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Perfect Power Casts Out All Love: Joseph Stalin, Behavior Modification and Christmas

Perfect Power Casts Out All Love: Joseph Stalin, Behavior Modification and Christmas

Two excerpts from the biography Young Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore chronicling the early religious education of Joseph Stalin:

The Empire’s seminaries were “notorious for the savagery of their customs, medieval pedagoguery, and law of the fist,” comments [Leon] Trotsky. “All the vices banned by the Holy Scriptures flourished in this hotbed of piety.”

The seminary was to pull off the singular achievement of supplying the Russian Revolution with some of its most ruthless radicals. “No secular school,” wrote another seminarist, Stalin’s comrade Philip Makharadze, “produced as many atheistsas the Tiflis Seminary.” The Stone Sack (nickname for the seminary – DB) literally…

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