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The Bible and Culture

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The reason I deferred in writing this is because of “the
danger of wasting my time, since pretty much no one cares about truth
these days; rather they eagerly chase after money and political power
and insatiable enjoyment of pleasures, and to such an extent that they
think you are crazy if you spend your time on any serious pursuit of
knowledge.” Galen, 2nd century A.D.
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Mark Mitchell

posted January 2, 2011 at 5:09 pm

And Dr. Galen lived during the period of the decline of the Roman Empire . . .

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Ruben De Leeuw

posted January 2, 2011 at 6:37 pm

“Pretty much” doesn’t seem like a second-century expression. Is this an accurate translation of the quote?

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ben witherington

posted January 2, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Yep its a bit slangy, but it is what Galen said and meant. Actually Dr. Galen lived in what was called the High Empire— when it was at its maximum extent. But the internal rot is what Galen is concerned about.

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Dieter Schulze

posted January 3, 2011 at 9:53 am

Yes not much has changed since we were expelled from the garden.
But some day we shall see what we were built for and we shall fall in to our place of the great symphony in the praise of God the creator.
Brandt Das Narren schiff has a whole book of it.
PS. Thank you for the Prayer

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