Paper $39.00 ISBN: 9789059722026 Published May 2008 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Stoic Theology

Proof for the Existence of the Cosmic God and of the Traditional Gods

P. A. Meijer

P. A. Meijer

Distributed for Eburon Publishers, Delft

272 pages | 6-1/2 x 9-1/4
Paper $39.00 ISBN: 9789059722026 Published May 2008 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
The ancient Stoics constructed an elaborate set of proofs for the existence of the Greek gods which proved highly influential for later theological and philosophical proofs. P. A. Meijer’s Stoic Theology, the first book on the subject in almost thirty years, analyzes these proofs from a fresh perspective. This valuable resource features a thorough examination of pre-Christian theological argumentation as well as new insights on the relationship between God and the deities in ancient Greek thought, in a book sure to interest scholars of philosophy and religion.
 
 
Contents
Preface
 
Chapter I: Zeno's So-Called Proofs of Divine Existence
Chapter II: Zeno and the Traditional Gods, A Serious Problem
Chapter III: Cleanthes' Proofs
Chapter IV: Cleanthes and the Traditional Gods
Chapter V: Chrysippus' Contribution
Chapter VI: Chrysippus and the Traditional Gods
Chapter VII: Other Stoic Proofs
Chapter VIII: Other (Stoic?) Arguments in Sextus
Chapter IX: Polemics Against the Arguments Pro the Existence of God(s)
Chapter X: Abolishing the God Leads to Odd Consequences: The Atopical Arguments Pro the Existence of the Gods
Chapter XI: The Counter-Arguments
Chapter XII: Carneades and the Data of Sextus and Cicero
Chapter XIII: The Sorities Arguments as a Weapon Against the Traditional Gods
 
XIV: Epilogue
 
Appendix I: Cleanthes' Hymn on Zeus, a Running Commentary
Appendex II: Where is God?
Appendix  III: Alexinus' Parabolai
 
Bibliography
Indices
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