Culture of Illusion – Beware of mathematicians.


St. Augustine wished very hard for the invention of the pocket calculator.
St. Augustine wished very hard for the invention of the pocket calculator.

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 were a threat too.

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

*Chuckling*

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Armchair anthropologist, sometime scribe, freelance philosopher, amateur artist, part-time poet, musical maven, alliteration aficionado.

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