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On their way to retrieving the Golden Fleece, the heroes of the "Argo" ENCOUNTER A GHOST!

"Next they beheld the barrow of Sthenelus, Actor's son, who on his way back from the valorous war against the Amazons -- for he had been the comrade of Heracles -- was struck by an arrow and died there upon the sea-beach. And for a time they went no further, for Persephone herself sent forth the spirit of Actor's son which craved with many tears to behold men like himself, even for a moment. And mounting on the edge of the barrow he gazed upon the ship, such as he was when he went to war; and round his head a fair helm with four peaks gleamed with its blood-red crest. And again he entered the vast gloom; and they looked and marvelled; and Mopsus, son of Ampycus, with word of prophecy urged them to land and propitiate him with libations. Quickly they drew in sail and threw out hawsers, and on the strand paid honour to the tomb of Sthenelus, and poured out drink offerings to him and sacrificed sheep as victims. And besides the drink offerings they built an altar to Apollo, saviour of ships, and burnt thigh bones; and Orpheus dedicated his lyre; whence the place has the name of Lyra."
~ Apollonius of Rhodes (c. 3rd century B.C.), "Argonautica" (Voyage of the Argo), 2.911.

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[ch. 7]
In regard to the prophets among the Jews, some of them were wise men before they became divinely inspired prophets, while others became wise by the illumination which their minds received when divinely inspired. They were selected by Divine Providence to receive the Divine Spirit, and to be the depositaries of His holy oracles, on the ground of their leading a life of almost unapproachable excellence, intrepid, noble, unmoved by danger or death. For reason teaches that such ought to be the character of the prophets of the Most High, in comparison with which the firmness of Antisthenes, Crates, and Diogenes will seem but as child's play. It was therefore for their firm adherence to truth, and their faithfulness in the reproof of the wicked, that “they were stoned; they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword; they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; they wandered in deserts and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth, of whom the world was not worthy:” for they looked always to God and to His blessings, which, being invisible, and not to be perceived by the senses, are eternal. We have the history of the life of each of the prophets; but it will be enough at present to direct attention to the life of Moses, whose prophecies are contained in the law; to that of Jeremiah, as it is given in the book which bears his name; to that of Isaiah, who with unexampled austerity walked naked and barefooted for the space of three years. Read and consider the severe life of those children, Daniel and his companions, how they abstained from flesh, and lived on water and pulse. Or if you will go back to more remote times, think of the life of Noah, who prophesied; and of Isaac, who gave his son a prophetic blessing; or of Jacob, who addressed each of his twelve sons, beginning with “Come, that I may tell you what shall befall you in the last days.” These, and a multitude of others, prophesying on behalf of God, foretold events relating to Jesus Christ. We therefore for this reason set at nought the oracles of the Pythian priestess, or those delivered at Dodona, at Clarus, at Branchidæ;, at the temple of Jupiter Ammon, or by a multitude of other so-called prophets; while we regard with reverent awe the Jewish prophets: for we see that the noble, earnest, and devout lives of these men were worthy of the inspiration of the Divine Spirit, whose wonderful effects were widely different from the divination of demons.
~ Origen (c. 184-c. 253), Contra Celsus, Book VII

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A Present (and for the moment) Medley

sequimur te, sancte deorum, quisquis es, imperioque iterum paremus ovantes.
~ Aeneid. IV, v. 576

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It is one of the chief arts of evil spirits, to make things which have no reality seem real to those who witness them.
~ Cotton Mather

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Insofar as I may be permitted to say, Christ did not suffer the cross because God the Father demanded it, rather because the devil demanded it (as payment), and Christ gives him (the devil) the benefit of the doubt even if it meant his (i.e., Christ's) so suffering; so as not to haggle but let the devil have his way; so their could be no doubt or question in the end that the devil would have comply and give up his claim. Another possible way of interpreting the same point, is that it was and is actually better and less painful to suffer the cross than continue to live under the devil's rule and bondage. Again, not that the cross was not extremely painful, but that bondage to the devil is, even so, infinitely worse.

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What force in all the great world and in the minds of peoples is more powerful and indomitable than his envy and self-pity? Which prompted me to then ask, yet what good do you have to offer anyone? In what does it consist? Or to put it somewhat differently, who and what are you that we should care?

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He is a highly educated, rhetorically skillful, well-meaning charlatan. You do well to be on your guard then against those whose ego, reputation, and ideological agenda means more to them than fair, objective, and honest rational truth.

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They inevitably have to "get" someone, that is murder or do someone dirty. Why? Because they can't compete fairly or honestly.

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The unexpected and unanticipated problem with freedom of religion is that for some it implies the freedom to worship the devil, including working to destroy and overthrow moral, civilized society.

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Hell and worst fears are only possible because it is believed to be ok and permissible (and outside of just, due-process respecting, open law) for some to physically force themselves on others. Were that not the case, how should there be any serious problems?

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There is no greater fool than he who thinks truth or the highest measure of truth is that which is solely or merely based on what other people think.

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True God speaks to the heart. The devil, pretending to be God, pretending goodly reason, speaks to the head.

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The church is a like a doctor. It can help but only God can effect the actual healing.

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An honest and rational protestantism is invariably better than a dishonest and irrational catholicism.

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Human sacrifice is not discussed in sociology and political theory, yet the practice is as real and persistent as any concern raised in ethics or economy.

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Just when you think you know something, it will take you unawares and change and become something else.

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You think that is what it, but that is not REALLY or WHOLLY what it is.

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That he bothers people and wastes their time pretty much sums him up.

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Revenge is a satanic virtue. Forgiveness a christian one.

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Take my word for it, though the ordeal be excruciating, and no matter how long the course, in the end right reason will last longer than they will.

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