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On the Nature of the Gods

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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De Natura Deorum (On the Nature of the Gods) outlines Stoic, Epicurean and Academic (Skeptical) views on religious questions. Problems discussed include: evil, the origin of the world, divination, and characteristics of God

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Community Reviews

Accepting something merely because it has always been that way - whether in a religious sense or any other - has always been the easiest thing a person can do. Discussion, on the other hand, is difficult, especially when the discussion takes place between people of different opinions, different beli

Beautiful prose and argumentation by Cicero, which truly sheds a light on the thread that joins Classic Greek thought with an assimilated (afterwards) Judeo-christian cosmology; thus exposing the common line of thought that permeates throughout Western civilization.
It is fascinating and eye-opening

Two classics by Cicero, delivering the essence of the principal Greek philosophical schools to the Roman audience and the Latin readers of later ages. “De Natura Deorum” (on the nature of gods) expounds the doctrines of Epicureanism and Stoicism, along with the Academic skepticism’s critique of both

Cicero's De Natura Deorum is one of his few attempts at theology--if it can be called that. With the eye of a suspicious stoic, he surveys the many religions and cults of the late republican period. Some wonderful writing here.

In this book Cicero attempts to analyse the nature of the Gods according to other philosophical schools and religious thinking at the time. I am amazed by the currency of his thoughts. And think it's a remarkable work on the intersection of philosophy/ theology. Remarkable by its comprehensive exami

Yes, most will find I reread many of my favorites. That is the mark of a good book, its rereadable factor!

It was fascinating to see how little has changed (not progressed) in the debate between theism and atheism. Epicurus' philosophy is spanked soundly, as it ought to be, but the opposition does little to impress the mind with any sense of certainty concerning the existence of God.

At one laughable mome

Cicero examines the existing religious (and philosophical) currents of the day, offering critiques on them and their justifications. Some of his arguments against God are surprisingly fresh, and many of his arguments for the existence of the divine are still used today to justify God.