Why can’t I use this quote from Plutarch about atheism to make a point about Christians?

Homer also gives him the epithets of murderous and Jacka-both-sides. Moreover, Chrysippus, explaining the name of this Deity, fixes a villanous accusation upon him. For, says he, Ares is derived from ἀναιρεῖν, which signifies to destroy; thereby affording an occasion for some to give the name of Ares or Mars to that same proneness and perverse inclination of men to wrath and passion, and to quarrel and fight one with another. Others affirm Venus to be nothing but our concupiscence; that Mercury is no more than the faculty of speech; that the Muses are only the names for the arts and sciences; and that Minerva is only a fine word for prudence. And thus you see into what an abyss of atheism we are like to plunge ourselves, while we go about to range and distribute the Gods among the various passions, faculties, and virtues of men. – Plutarch, Plutarch’s Morals. (ed. Goodwin; Medford, MA: Little, Brown, and Company, 1874), 274–275.

You and both understand the reason, right? I mean… while Christians do the same thing, albeit with different directions… to use this quote about gods who do not exist and people waking up to that fact to lament the chiding of Tradition by Christians is, well…


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