Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Greek Trinity III

Many writers today will criticise the Neoplatonists for lending dogma to religion, since Saint Augustine himself was educated in this philosophy. But it seems that Augustine, despite his remarkable brilliance, had very little appreciation for the centrality of mathematics to the trinity, which is thus corrupted. Neoplatonism made a notable comeback in medieval Europe. However, it was crushed in the south, and its role in the reformation of the north appears to be largely forgotten today.
Agrippa ... taught the three-fold nature of the Universe, the identity of the Macrocosm and the Microcosm, and traced out the lines of correspondence between them. Space, he said, is threaded with invisible lines of magnetic force, which unite men's principles with the occult forces of Nature.
I can't help but note that Agrippa, in 1529, wrote a text with the title Declamation on the Nobility and Preeminence of the Female Sex, which was distributed with the aid of that marvellous new invention, the printing press.

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