Dancing on the Head of a Pin

There is a legend of St Thomas Aquinas asking "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?" At this blog we ask all questions dealing with our faith and spirituality. Some are down to earth, rubber meets the road questions, while others are more lofty...like, how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

No such number...(Return to Sender)

Archeologists have discovered an ancient manuscript of St John's Revelation and noticed the traditional number of the beast, 666, is actually 616. This isn't exactly new. There have always been texts of John's Revelation that read 616. Numbers were also associated with letters in Roman society. A = 1, B = 2, and so on. 666 was thought to correspond with Caesar Nero. According to an article on beliefnet.com, 616 corresponds with Emperor Caligula. In any event, the interesting bit in the article was from the high priest in the Church of Satan, 'By using 666 we're using something that the Christians fear. Mind you, if they do switch to 616 being the number of the beast then we'll start using that.' In other words, it's not about numbers or letters, it's about opposition to God. Click the title of this post for the link to the article.

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