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To avoid the supernatural a person must never see nature as a whole, but always, quickly, break her into parts. We speak of what makes up a star and not the spangled sky. Wonder makes wander from any narrow explanation that explains everything easily: thoughtless naturalism.
What is behind it all? Ancient philosophers moved to atheism to avoid fear the worry about what may be underneath it all. If there was no life after death, no active gods or a God, then one need not worry or wonder about the what this might mean. All, pan in Greek, might be wonderful, but given our experience might very well be horrible. So the Epicureans banished all evidence of marvels, including the cosmic marvel to banish fear.
Mind - Soul - Fear - Kinds - Love
It does not work unless numbing the mind, making insensitive the soul, can be said to work. Perfect fear casts out many kinds of love. Plato and Christianity refused fear and looked to love (Symposium and Gospel of John). The New Testament in particular saw the Heavens proclaiming the glory of God, but did not deny death and decay.
The ancients recognized that something had gone wrong in nature. Al was not as it should be. Ovid and others imagined this rebellion against reason in satyrs and nature gods who are were (almost) wholly fearful for mortal men. They might revel like men, but were more than men and so could never be safe companions. Their revels were too often a prelude to rape and rapine.
World - Did - Death - End - Power
Was this what was basic about the world? Did death end with us in the power of such gods as Homer describes and Ovid ornaments? Was nature essentially frightening? Was the daemonic basic to the world? Or was it just a broken feature? Plato and Christianity said there was something deeper than Pan...
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