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Single Idea 1535

[catalogued under 28. God / B. Proving God / 3. Proofs of Evidence / c. Teleological Proof critique]

Full Idea

Democritus thought that people imagined gods as responsible for the frightening and awesome things that happen in this world.

Gist of Idea

Democritus said people imagined gods as the source of what awed or frightened them


report of Democritus (fragments/reports [c.431 BCE], A075) by Sextus Empiricus - Against the Professors (six books) 9.24

Book Reference

'The First Philosophers', ed/tr. Waterfield,Robin [OUP 2000], p.187