Thursday, August 11, 2005

Fate

It was my fate today to have a busy day and have not been able to blog anything, or give much thought to a question that occurred to me this morning. In Copelston's history of philosophy I came across a quote from Seneca, a stoic philosopher:
Ducunt volentem fata, nolentem trahunt.
Translated from the Latin, it means "the willing are led by fate, the unwilling dragged along by it." How does that compare with this quote from Aquinas:
Believing is an act of the intellect assenting to the divine truth by command of the will moved by God through grace.
(It's the same one put up here yesterday). At first glace mostly what I see is that Seneca is much more fatalistic, and his notion of God is more removed, impersonal and indifferent. Anyone want to add to that? There's probably more to be said.

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