Hist Midterm Exam 1 - Andy Pitts PID: 720022480 Michael...

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Andy Pitts PID: 720022480 Michael Bazemore Section: Friday, 12:00-12:50 On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this assignment
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In the book, The Life and Miracles of St. Benedict by St. Gregory the Great, Gregory tells about the life of servitude that one man, St. Benedict, dedicated to his good Lord Jesus Christ. St. Benedict was revealed to be a man of great faith, who desired to please God in everyway. Through this book, one is shown a detailed account of the miracles and practices experienced by Saint Benedict himself. When comparing St. Benedict, however, to the great Greek philosopher Epictetus (55-135 AD) or King Clovis of the Franks (466-511 AD), Epictetus would have been the individual that St. Benedict would have more likely identified with because of his philosophical ideals, such as the place of evil and self-control, and their interpretation of what it meant to be a philosopher. Epictetus and St. Benedict were both men who chose to live their lives for something greater than human appraisal. Each of these men realized that when they choose the path of becoming philosophers, that they’re opportunity for fame and fortune would be eliminated. “In his desire to please Christ alone, he gave up everything including his home and inheritance.” (The Life and Miracles of St. Benedict, 2). Epictetus took his understanding even further by stating that “If you have an earnest desire of attaining to philosophy, prepare yourself from the very first to be laughed at, to be sneered by the multitude.” (The Enchiridion, Point 21) After both had decided to become philosophers, than began to form many of the same conclusions about certain principles. For example, both of these men believed in the strong influence of evil in the world. “As a mark is not set up for the sake of missing the aim, so neither does the nature of evil exist in the world.” (The Enchiridion, Point 27) Like Epictetus, St. Benedict would also realized powerful influence of evil and even went as far as to warn a
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