Single Idea 5956

[catalogued under 28. God / C. Attitudes to God / 5. Atheism]

Full Idea

Anaxagoras was charged with impiety because he called the sun a lump of stone.

Gist of Idea

Anaxagoras was charged with impiety for calling the sun a lump of stone

Source

report of Anaxagoras (fragments/reports [c.460 BCE]) by Plutarch - 14: Superstition 9

Book Reference

Plutarch: 'Selected Essays and Dialogues', ed/tr. Russell,Donald [OUP 1993], p.9


A Reaction

The point is that he was supposed to say that the sun is a god.