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In existographies, Xenophanes (2515-2435 BE) (c.560-480 BCM) (IQ:175|#251) (ID:2.19|80) (PR:1,075|65AE / philosopher:79) (Stokes 100:3) (FA:5) (EVT:3|21+) (ACR:19) (CR:29) (LH:3) (TL:32) was a Greek philosopher, anti-theist, and evolutionist, noted for []


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The following are quotes on Xenophanes:

“There has been a considerable number of those whom history calls ‘atheists’. Leucippus, Democritus, Xenophanes, and others of the atomistic and Eleatic schools (Ѻ), are said to have been such. In his Intellectual System, Cudworth puts into this category Seneca and the younger Pliny among the Romans. Since the reformation, such men as: Rabelais, Machiavel, Bruno, Vanini, D'Alembert, Diderot, Buffon, Condorcet, Mirabeau, La Place, Frederic II, and even Pope Leo X, have been charged with atheism.”
— Willis Lord (1875), Christian Theology for the People (pg. 67)

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The following are quotes by Xenophanes:

“The Ethiopians say that their gods are flat-nosed and black, while the Thracians say that theirs have blue eyes and red hair, and the Persians and Egyptians portray their gods like themselves. There is, in truth, one god supreme over all gods, diviner than mortals, whose form is not like unto mans, and as unlike his nature. But vain mortals imagine that gods like themselves are begotten, with human sensations and voice corporeal members. So, if oxen or lions had hands and could work in man’s fashion, and trace out with chisel or brush their conceptions of godhead, then would horses depict gods like horses, and oxen like oxen. Each kind the divine with its own form and nature endowing.”
— Xenophanes (510BC), Source; cited by John Tyndall (1784) in his "Materialism, Science, and Religion" (title page) BAAS Address [1]
“It takes a wise man to recognize a wise man.”
— Xenophanes (475BC), “Comment to Empedocles” (who remarked: “it is impossible to find a wise man!”) (see: genius recognizes genius)[2]

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  1. (a) Cassels, Walter. (1874). Supernatural Religion, Volume One (txt) (pgs. 76-77). Publisher.
    (b) Tyndall, John. (1874). “Address: Materialism, Science, and Religion”, British Association for the Advancement of Science, Belfast. Longmans.
  2. Laertius (c.230). Source. Publisher.


  • Anon. (2016). “Xenophanes and the Gods” (YT), Demizume, Dec 21.

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