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March 21, 2006

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Thanks for the posting.

One of my favorite observations by Tertullian is his definition of idolatry. He scorned the pagan practice of elevating dead kings to the status of divinity. Of course, they also deified living kings as well.

Back in the days of Saturn, a king had to actually confer a boon on society to be elevated to the status of the eternal. Saturn was idolized for his mission of spreading orchard technology. Dionysus spread viticulture.

Nowadays, people idolize the king of computer software or the king of rock-and-roll. Some things haven't changed.

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