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Christianity is verminous with semitic infections. What we really believe is the pre-Christian element which Christianity has not stamped out.
It never caused the assertion that everyone was fit for initiation and it never caused an attempt to force people into a path alien to their sensibilities. Paganism never feared knowledge. It feared ignorance, and under a flood of ignorance it was driven out of its temples.
At the same time, in the opposite direction, his poetry and prose can bring one to a better understanding of this part of our heritage and its potentialities, and here I intend no narrowly partisan point. By paganism I mean a central stream in European civilization, something that has participated in the formation of Christianity just as much as offering alternative visions of life.
To give one example, the theologically fundamental doctrine of the Trinity is arguably a modified form of the Neo-Platonic triad of the One, Intellect, and Soul, in which the latter two emanate from the One and yet both are equivalent to it and yet not equivalent to it. Augustine in his Confessions confirms  that he and other Christian intellectuals believed thus that the Neo-Platonists had already had an awareness of the persons of the Trinity.
Pound was pagan in three respects. First, he accepted as true ideas from the pre- and non-Christian philosophers. To confess wrong without losing rightness: Charity I have had sometimes, I cannot make it flow thru.
A little light, like a rushlight to lead back to splendour. This is that first poem, from A Lume Spento, in When he was captured by the partisans after the war and assumed he was about to face execution, it was the Analects of Confucius that he took with him, which he considered a better guide to moral behavior than the Bible: Paganism as a World Religion,   Professor Michael York unambiguously speaks of Confucianism as a religion, with its principles of solicitous care, decency, and benevolence, and the obverse of the Golden Rule: Do not do to others as you would not have done to yourself.
Act in such a way that your descendants will be glad. Cut to London in the years followingwhen Pound settled here.
With the rise of science and biblical scholarship precipitating a crisis of faith in the mid-nineteenth century, some of the space hitherto occupied by the established denominations began to be filled by mysticism, occultism, and philosophies drawn from earlier times or from other parts of the world; and this was nowhere more evident than within the artistic circles in which Pound would move.
What Pound found within Neo-Platonism was: The idea of henosis, that is to say union or reunion with the absolute One, which could manifest as a mystical experience. On his deathbed, Plotinus is reported to have summarized his teaching thus: The idea that experience results from the tension between the poles of the temporal and the eternal.
The idea that the beauty of the absolute One descends into the beauty of the Platonic world of forms, and is then instantiated in the material world.
It seems Pound was congenitally disposed to such ideas. When interviewed during his stay in St. The first is a catechism, a series of simple questions and answers which enunciates a pagan theology as well as any other text of such brevity of which I am aware.
He was drawn to Plotinus because Plotinus defended the value of worldly sensations and attacked their rejection by the Gnostics, who thought physicality evil in some sense.
He was drawn to the idea in Plotinus that the beauty of this world is the manifestation of a celestial beauty, which we may not be able to grasp but which is yet a glimpse of a paradise that imparts to us, within a limited time, an unlimited joy. His type of paganism was without dogmatism or unnecessary abstraction:Abstract This essay provides a critical account of the long-established scholarly views according to which constitutional norms have a merely programmatic nature, inapt to be directly applied in private law relationships and hence to be utilized as hermeneutical tools when interpreting statutory law.
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