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"The Paradise Of Fools"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: Satan lands upon the earth, bent on destroying by guile God's favorite creation, man. For a time he roams over vast fields of the external sphere of the cosmic system, as yet empty of all life, but later to be filled with the souls of people who on earth engaged in works of vanity. On the moon will be souls of people taken away from the earth without dying, like Enoch, and the mighty men born of the sons of God and the daughters of men (Genesis 5: 24) and the original giants (Genesis 6: 4). Men will be there like Empedocles, who jumped into the crater of Mt. Etna, on Sicily, so that people would think he had been bodily conveyed to heaven; and there also will be friars and pilgrims, and those who on their deathbeds put on friars' habits in...

(The entire section is 264 words.)