Analysis of the Philosophy of Lucius Annaeus Seneca by Gabriel Connery

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Ps. xxiii, 6. Ps. xxvi, 8. Ps. l:xviii, 33. Ps. cvi, 4. 33 dictum. " ----- Now did Seneca stop here, he surely could be taken for one o! the Christian apologists. But we hasten to add that the re- semblance, however striking, between Senecan phrases and Christian literature is nothing but a marvelous coincidence. As in- dicative of his credence in the true God or as having accurate conceptions of His nature, the apparent Christian phrases of should bear no more weight than his prophecy concerning ~he discovery of the great New World.

Lib. vi, Cap. xi. 99. Divinae Institutiones, Lib. i, Cap. l. Cf. Tertullian, De Anima. £ sanctus, •• or there is no room for God: "Q,uis sit summi boni locus quaeris? Animus. " 107 And another instance: "Prope est .! te deus, tecum est intus est. 2!! spiritus sedet ••• Bonus 100. 101. 102. 103. 104. 105. 106. 107. ~· xli, 3. De Benericiis, iv, 6, 5. , iv, 6, 1. ~· xcv, 48. ~· cxiii, 16. De Beneficiis, iv, 8,2. ~· xcii, 30. £• lxxxvii, 21. Ita dico, Luoili: ~vir sine deo ~ 30 "108 In the same letter he applies Virgil's words to comest• plate his own thoughts, "In unoquoque virorum.

The Christian apologists. But we hasten to add that the re- semblance, however striking, between Senecan phrases and Christian literature is nothing but a marvelous coincidence. As in- dicative of his credence in the true God or as having accurate conceptions of His nature, the apparent Christian phrases of should bear no more weight than his prophecy concerning ~he discovery of the great New World. 127 He states both ideas ~eneca ~ith the same attitude of uncertainty and as being up to the ~pinion of anyone considering the subjects.

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