Design versus the Epicurean Hypothesis : Not by Design …

Epicurus introduced this philosophy around 322 B.C, and two schools established in Athens.

Design versus the Epicurean Hypothesis : Not by Design - oi

720F: Boëthus then said that when he was still young and occupied with academic pursuits, he had been accustomed to using postulates and adopting unproved assumptions, after the manner of geometry, but that he would now employ some of the demonstrated doctrines of Epicurus. "Existing things move about in the non-existent. There is a great deal of void interspersed and mingled with the atoms of air. Now when air is dispersed and has scope and motility because of its loose structure, the empty spaces left between the particles are small and narrow and the atoms, being scattered, fill a good deal of space, but when it is compressed and the atoms are crowded into a small space, and are forced close together, they leave plenty of space outside and make the intervals large. This is what happens at night, under the influence of cold. For warmth loosens and separates and dissolves concentrations, which is why bodies when boiling or softening or melting take up more room, while on the other hand the particles in freezing and cooling bodies join together more compactly and leave vacuums – spaces from which they have withdrawn – in the vessels which hold them. A sound which approaches and strikes a large number of particles collected in a mass is either silenced completely or undergoes serious convulsions and many collisions and delays.

according to the Epicureans, who would have it that there exist more skies, as Cicero does in his .

This talk is about the figure of Epicurus in Nietzsche’s Gay Science

Anna’s impulsive glance is full of sudden realization, as if she had just been tapped on the shoulder by an unseen hand. At the age of 84 she had lived most of her adult life in the Temple, fasting and praying night and day, never leaving the Temple grounds. Luke records that she came up to Mary and Joseph “at that very moment” (we assume the moment that Simeon was speaking with Mary), and then began telling “all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.” (Luke 2:36-38)

Verse 1 reminds us immediately of what we learned in Chapter 2 about the population in Jerusalem at the time of Pentecost. Here, a few weeks after Pentecost, we still find Jews of the Diaspora not only in Jerusalem, but as followers of Jesus Christ among the ever-growing numbers of disciples. In my NASB study Bible, it is printed as “Hellenistic Jews” — the word Hellenistic is not italicized, but the word Jews is. That means that the word Jews was added by the translators for clarification, and does not appear in the original manuscripts, which is true. In the Greek New Testament they are simply called Hellayniston. We must be careful here, because much later in the book of Acts the Apostle Paul will encounter Jews from Asia who accuse him of bringing gentile Greeks (Hellaynas) into the Temple. The Hellayniston were genetic Jews who had been born and raised in Greece and who were in Jerusalem for the high festivals and who had witnessed the events at Pentecost, becoming believers. These believing Jews from Greece were upset because their widows were not being included in the daily distribution of food that was part of their communal lifestyle. We aren’t told why they were being left out, just that they were. It was probably a simple oversight.


Lucretius | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

In addition to the straightforward observations above, there is much that we can learn about the young man Saul — from the Bible’s historical accounts (primarily Acts), from Paul’s own writings, and from other historical sources and traditions from the time of these events. You can read much more detail in Conybeare and Howson’s , but there are a few things I’ll take the time to expand upon here.

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Finally, let us note that the scattering of believers happened to the Jerusalem church, a Kingdom church, whose leaders were still under the authority and instruction of the Great Commission. That commission had a very specific order for the spread of the Gospel — it was to begin in Jerusalem, then proceed into Judea, then Samaria, and then to the remotest regions of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

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“And on that day a great persecution arose against the church in Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. And some devout men buried Stephen, and made loud lamentations over him. But Saul began ravaging the church, entering house after house; and dragging off men and women, he would put them in prison. Therefore, those who had been scattered went about preaching the word.” (Acts 8:1-4)

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It is difficult for us today, who receive the Holy Spirit at the very moment we believe, to understand how a person can be a believer (a baptized believer, no less) and not have (let alone obey) the Holy Spirit. The authority with which Peter identifies his sin and condemns him should be familiar to us — we’ve seen him do it before. There are parallels between this passage and the record of Ananias and Sapphira in the 5th chapter of Acts. While Luke does not specifically tell us that Ananias and Sapphira were believers, had been baptized, and had received the Holy Spirit, there is no reason to believe they hadn’t. They were part of the fellowship of the Jerusalem church, and would not have been if they had not been believers. New believers were baptized almost immediately. And Peter accused them of lying to the Holy Spirit. How could they do that if they had not received Him yet? Peter all but demands the same punishment for Simon that Ananias and Sapphira received. I believe Peter is exercising “Kingdom authority” in both passages, and that we have another window on what life in the Kingdom will be like. As I’ve said before, praise God that He is now being patient with men and their sins, and is not dealing with sin as we see in the case of Simon the Magician!