Four Hundred Texts on Love (Fourth Century) 36

75. When the senses have the intellect in their clutches, they propagate polytheism through each individual sense organ; because in their slavery to the passions they pay divine honors to the sensible objects corresponding to each organ.

St. Maximos carries it a step further here and names our slavery to our senses and the passions they engender as the root of polytheism. I find that intriguing and, in truth, can see some of the truth in that insight in my experience of present-day polytheism. And sometimes, I suspect, a person’s polytheism might be less overt. At one point does devotion or slavery tip over into the next best thing to worship? It’s a question worth pondering.

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