‘The synoptic gospels are the thinking of vigorous people: the disciples pluck corn on the sabbath, and are chidden by the mayor and the village council.  They reply brusquely’: (he roughened his voice to asperity) ”What does it matter?‘ But the official religion which begins at about the second century, that is, the Catholic theology, is a philosophy of life as of a man who lived dissolutely, tried everything, had a lot of sexual excitement, and suddenly, at the age of thirty-five, turned exactly around the other way, and thrown it all over.’

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