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recognitions of clement

recognitions of clement

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"But I should like if those who worship idols would tell me if they wish to
become like those whom they worship? Does any one of you wish to see in such
sort as they see? or to hear after the manner of their hearing? or to have such
understanding as they have?

"Far be this from any of my hearers! For this were rather to be thought a curse
and a reproach to a man, who bears in himself the image of God, although he
has lost the likeness. What sort of gods, then, are they to be reckoned, the
imitation of whom would be execrable to their worshippers, and to have whose
likeness would be a reproach?

"What then? Melt your useless images, and make useful vessels. Melt the
unserviceable and inactive metal, and make implements fit for the use of men.
But, says one, human laws do not allow us.12

He says well; for it is human laws,
and not their own power, that prevents it. What kind of gods, then, are those
which are defended by human laws, and not by their own energies?

"And so also they are preserved from thieves by watch-dogs and the protection
of bolts, at least if they be of silver, or gold, or even of brass; for those that
are of stone and earthenware are protected by their own worthlessness, for no
one will steal a stone or a crockery god. Hence those seem to be the more
miserable whose more precious metal exposes them to the greater danger.
Since, then, they can be stolen, since they must be guarded by men, since they
can be melted, and weighed out, and forged with hammers, ought men
possessed of understanding to hold them as gods?

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