27 Mar 07

I’m enjoying Leo Strauss’s History of Political Philosophy, even his flowery, complicated sentences. But even good things can be taken too far.

An example:

If a religion or divine law is not spurious, obscurantist, or fanatic, it does not promote but suppresses and transcends the ends pursued in ignorant regimes (including tyranny), and substitutes for them the end that can be pursued only through the belief in adequate or salutary similitudes of divine and natural beings, and through commands and prohibitions that promote virtue and happiness among a particular group ready for the message.

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