The City of God, Volume I

never in these civil wars have been so far transported by their own passions as they were by the instigations of these gods.

that The Demons Gave In Secret Certain Obscure Instructions In Morals, While In Public Their Own Solemnities Inculcated All Wickedness.

Seeing that this is so,—seeing that the filthy and cruel deeds, the disgraceful and criminal actions of the gods, whether real or feigned, were at their own request published, and were consecrated, and dedicated in their honour as sacred and stated solemnities; seeing they vowed vengeance on those who refused to exhibit them to the eyes of all, that they might be proposed as deeds worthy of imitation, why is it that these same demons, who, by taking pleasure in such obscenities, acknowledge themselves to be unclean spirits, and by delighting in their own villanies and iniquities, real or imaginary, and by requesting from the immodest, and

← Page-224 p.225 Page-226 →