For all of you NASCAR fans, Football fanatics, Sports crazies…

Omne enim spectaculum sine concussione spiritus non est. There is no public entertainment which does not inflict spiritual damage. Text is Weeber, 1988. This English version is of unknown source (but found online).  From the other translations: For the show always leads to spiritual agitation, … (Thelwall’s version, 1869) There is no public spectacle without violence to the spirit. (Glover’s version, 1931) There is no spectacle without violent agitation of the soul. (Arbesmann’s version, 1959). From Tertullian. (Thanks Rodney – posted on Facebook)

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