The Apology of Aristides.
London: James Nisbet & Co, 1893. A Lecture Delivered in Norwich Cathedral on 5th January 1893. Pp.51, some pages un-cut. Paperback, rubbed and dusty with publisher's label (File Copy) to front cover. G+.** "Having briefly spoken of the divine nature in the terms of Greek philosophy, Aristides proceeds to ask which of all the races of men will be at all partaken of the truth about God. Here we have the first attempt at a systematic comparison of ancient religions. For the purpose of his inquiry, he adopts an obvious threefold common vision into idolaters, Jews and Christians, Idolaters, or, as he here gently terms them in addressing the emperor, those who worship what among you are said to be gods, he subdivides into the three great world-civilizations: Chaldeans, Greeks and Egyptians. He chooses this order so as to work up to a climax of error and absurdity in heathen worship."(wiki).
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