ACADEMIC PROJECTS BY TOM HOLMÉN
“What is proper to oneself is an offence to one’s god, what in one’s own heart seems despicable is proper to one’s god. Who can learn the reasoning of the gods in heaven? Who could understand the intentions of the gods of the depths?”
– 3rd millennium BCE, an ancient Akkadian text
“There is a vanity that takes place on earth, that there are righteous people who are treated according to the conduct of the wicked, and there are wicked people who are treated according to the conduct of the righteous.”
– 1st millennium BCE, Solomon the King, trad.
“All who do evil are good in the sight of the Lord, and he delights in them.”
– 5th century BCE, Malachi, Old Testament (ironically)
“Is he [God] willing to prevent evil, but not able? then he is impotent. Is he able, but not willing? then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? whence then is evil?”
– 4th to 3rd century BCE, Epicurus, trad.
“… you see that men who are good and acceptable to the gods labour and sweat and have a difficult road to climb, that the wicked, on the other hand, make merry and abound in pleasures …”
– turn of the eras, Seneca, De Providentia 1:6
“I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
– turn of the eras, Paul the Apostle, New Testament