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Single Idea 23341

[catalogued under 28. God / A. Divine Nature / 2. Divine Nature]

Full Idea

God has introduced man into the world as a spectator of himself and of his works: and not only as a spectator of them, but an interpreter of them as well.

Gist of Idea

God created humans as spectators and interpreters of God's works


Epictetus (The Discourses [c.56], 1.06.19)

Book Reference

Epictetus: 'The Discourses, The Handbook, Fragments', ed/tr. Gill,C [Everyman 1995], p.17

A Reaction

This idea (which strikes me as bizarre) was picked up directly by the Christians. I can't imagine every Johnson wanting to creating their own Boswell. If you think we are divinely created, you have to propose some motive for it, I suppose.