The Rev. Andrew J Brown, Unitarian Minister an der »Cambridge Memorial Church«, berichtet auf seinem Blog:
Yesterday, nine of us met in the church common room for another enjoyable "Epicurean Gathering" — cooking, eating, meditating and then looking together at Epicurus' "tetrapharmakos" (four part-cure).
Don’t fear god,
Don’t worry about death;
What is good is easy to get, and
What is terrible is easily to endure.
The text we used to guide our conversation was by D. S. Hutchinson which you can get at the link below:
At the end of this post I have also put up just a few introductory links to various helpful sources of things Epicurean.
Anyway, after last night, it seems worth telling here the basic story of how this gathering came about.
It is, however, perhaps worth beginning by briefly noting an important place in which Epicurus appears in the Unitarian tradition. The third American President, Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), who was himself a Unitarian, said in a letter to William Short in 1819 that "I am an Epicurean. I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus as containing everything rational in moral philosophy which Greek and Roman leave to us." In the same letter he wrote: "Epictetus and Epicurus give laws for governing ourselves, Jesus a supplement of the duties and charities we owe to others."
I'm very much with Jefferson on this and the two central examplars for me in my own religious (naturalist) and philosophical life remain Epicurus and Jesus. (Should you be interested, the Smithsonian has produced a beautiful facsimile edition of Jefferson's "Life and Morals of Jesus" — the so-called "Jefferson Bible". It's available from most bookshops). Anyway, back to the story . . .
Odd stuff für überzeugte Katholiken und Bible-Belt-Protestanten, keine Frage ... aber lesenswert, oh ja!