"In Egypt the philosophers have a sublime and secret
knowledge respecting the nature of God, which they only disclose to the people under the cover of fables or allegories. All the Eastern nations the Persians, the Indians, the Syrians conceal secret mysteries under religious fables ; the wise of all nations fathom the meaning of them, while the common people onlysee the symbols and the outside of them.** "
- Origen (Origen Adamantius) (ca. 185-254 AD), early Christian scholar, theologian, and one of the most distinguished of the early fathers
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