astrologer/mathematician translation confusion


It seems that, for a short time, the word for astrologer was the same as the word for mathematician. For this reason, for a long time St. Augustine would warn:

The good Christian should beware of mathematicians, and all those who make empty prophecies. The danger already exists that the mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and to confine man in the bonds of Hell.

De Genesi ad Litteram, Book II, xviii, 37, St. Augustine (354-430) 

He was of course warning them against astrologers. Although maybe mathematicians are a threat too.

Either way, it does make me chuckle. I am chuckling right now.

Chuckling.

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astrologer/mathematician translation confusion


It seems that, for a short time, the word for astrologer was the same as the word for mathematician. For this reason, for a long time St. Augustine would warn:

The good Christian should beware of mathematicians, and all those who make empty prophecies. The danger already exists that the mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and to confine man in the bonds of Hell.

De Genesi ad Litteram, Book II, xviii, 37, St. Augustine (354-430) 

He was of course warning them against astrologers. Although maybe mathematicians are a threat too.

Either way, it does make me chuckle. I am chuckling right now.

Chuckling.

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The Sleepcoat League

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