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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol VIII:
Pseudo-Clementine Literature.: Chapter XVIII

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Chapter XVIII.—Props of the System.

“And how many also falsify the responses given and the cures effected by them, and confirm them with an oath!  And how many give themselves up to them for hire, undertaking falsely to suffer certain things, and thus proclaiming their suffering, and being restored by remedial means, they say that they oracularly promised them healing, in order that they may assign as the cause the senseless worship!  And how many of these things were formerly done by magical art, in the way of interpreting dreams, and divining!  Yet in course of time these things have disappeared.  And how many are there now, who, wishing to obtain such things, make use of charms!  However, though a thing be prophetical or healing, it is not divine.

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