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I hope I have not seriously violated the naming guidelines in choosing my forum name. "Ciceronianus est, non Christianus" as God said to St. Jerome in a dream. Interesting that God speaks Latin.

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by Marcus Tullius Ioannes
on Fri Mar 07, 2008 2:41 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: New Board-Rank Proposal
Replies: 30
Views: 7699

Thank you for the thoughtful replies. I agree (or at least hope) that we have free will, and are responsible for our own evil acts--but, as someone who admires the stoics, I have problems reconciling the fact of evil with the view that everything occurs in accordance with the divine plan, and thu...
by Marcus Tullius Ioannes
on Sun Mar 02, 2008 5:45 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Religionum et Philosophiarum
Topic: Primacy of the Ancient Philosophers
Replies: 7
Views: 2725

Primacy of the Ancient Philosophers

The more I read the ancients, the more impressed I am by the fact that (it seems to me) they addressed and responded to the problems of philosophy as the art of living at least as well, if not far better than, subsequent thinkers have throughout the centuries. Also, with a striking simplicity and e...
by Marcus Tullius Ioannes
on Sat Feb 23, 2008 4:37 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Religionum et Philosophiarum
Topic: Primacy of the Ancient Philosophers
Replies: 7
Views: 2725

You are quite right about C.S. Lewis and his argument based on the existence of a nature law. And, I think it is arguable that there is such a law. I believe he went so far as to infer from that not only the existence of God, but that God is angry, and will punish us, if we vary from it. I could ...
by Marcus Tullius Ioannes
on Sat Dec 01, 2007 5:11 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Religionum et Philosophiarum
Topic: The current theist/atheist debate
Replies: 2
Views: 1256

I recently received an email from Nova Roma saying "farewell" and asking me to relate why I had left. However, I had not left, and do not know why I received the email. I was thinking of applying again, but if the primary focus is on the practice of the Religio Romana, and if it is such ...
by Marcus Tullius Ioannes
on Sat Dec 01, 2007 4:37 pm
 
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Expats from Nova Roma
Replies: 47
Views: 14456

The current theist/atheist debate

There is an aspect of this debate that interests me as it relates to ancient philosohy. Proponents of current religion, when responding to an attack by the likes of Hitchens or Dawkins, sometimes claim that without God, or perhaps more accurately a belief in God, there is no morality, or reason t...
by Marcus Tullius Ioannes
on Sun Nov 25, 2007 1:14 am
 
Forum: Collegium Religionum et Philosophiarum
Topic: The current theist/atheist debate
Replies: 2
Views: 1256

Thank you for the replies. I would be happy to continue this in the appropriate Collegium, but wanted you to know that I appreciate your thoughts, and did not know if I could do that without responding in this fashion. I am new to this kind of communication. Perhaps V. Claudius Iohanes is rig...
by Marcus Tullius Ioannes
on Fri Nov 09, 2007 2:26 am
 
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Salvete omnes
Replies: 5
Views: 2320

I am in the procees of joining Nova Roma (I am on probation). So, I would also appreciate any comments or thoughts about it, like Q. Valerius. I have read enough to gather that there was a significant parting of the ways some time ago, and confess I find the political aspects rather daunting. P...
by Marcus Tullius Ioannes
on Sat Nov 03, 2007 2:42 pm
 
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Expats from Nova Roma
Replies: 47
Views: 14456

Thank you for the response. You mention the very thing which attracted me to Epictetus in the first place. I tend to share your view of reality. Of course, the stoics also believed that all that happens is for the best, or at least in accordance with nature. This is an aspect of their philosop...
by Marcus Tullius Ioannes
on Sat Nov 03, 2007 2:35 pm
 
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Salvete omnes
Replies: 5
Views: 2320

Salvete omnes

By way of introduction, I have long been fascinated by Roman history, and have more recently come to appreciate the Roman Stoics, as teachers of a way to live. The philosophy I studied was of the analytic and "ordinary language" schools, with a generous dose of American Pragmatism and Uti...
by Marcus Tullius Ioannes
on Sat Oct 20, 2007 3:55 pm
 
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Salvete omnes
Replies: 5
Views: 2320
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