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« Topic Start: February 12, 2008, 01:58:35 am »

Was it Plato or Aristotle (or someone else?!) who argued that the gods, being immortal, are not capable of being truly moral because they don't care about humans?
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« Reply #1: March 01, 2008, 01:39:35 pm »

Was it Plato or Aristotle (or someone else?!) who argued that the gods, being immortal, are not capable of being truly moral because they don't care about humans?

I believe it was Socrates you are thinking of but that isn't exactly what he ment. The gods can care about people, they just don't. Socrates critiques the gods for showing immoral behavior and being no better than most humans and so, not worthy of worship.

Platonic theology revolves around the "Forms" which is very different.

Aristole is the closest to modern ideas of god. His ideas shaped early Christian, Jewish, and Muslim belief. Maybe even a little elsewhere as well but hard to say. Aristole's view of god is not the traditional polytheist but a supreme being that is the most advanced of all "causes". If you want a better answer read about Aristole's "Metaphysics". That's a few headaches in a book.

Personally I like Plotnius. The more I read of his the more I like.
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« Reply #2: April 04, 2008, 03:19:38 pm »

Personally I like Plotnius. The more I read of his the more I like.

I can't find Plotnius, but I'm reading up on Plotinus. Tongue  (Thanks for the tip.)

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