Hippomedon is Aeneas' antithesis: he kills the twin who piously wants to die alongside his brother; Aeneas, however, kills the brother who impiously
and unheroically begs for his own life.
The attempt to force the unconditional surrender of nature also impiously
usurps the place of God.
In the final chapters of the Natural History, Hume argues that both theistic and polytheistic religions impiously
ascribe immoral or amoral actions to their divinities: the polytheistic, because the anthropomorphic forces of nature are amoral; the theistic, because as the deity is elevated in power and knowledge, his vengeance and punishments carry him below human concepts of right and wrong (Ch.
Socrates and Euthyphro both have an interest in how the idea of piety or holiness is to be understood (since Socrates is being prosecuted for this, and Euthyphro, an alleged expert on the idea and on matters of the gods generally, is prosecuting his own father and thereby risks himself acting impiously
if he is wrong in his prosecution).
Many of us today might boast that we honor one God, don't use God's holy name impiously
, go to church on Sunday, do right by our parents, haven't killed anyone except possibly in time of war, have been faithful to our spouses, don't lie or steal (does the IRS count?
beheads a statue of Apollo with one stroke of his sword, then saunters away with a try-and-stop-me slouch.
His hope that we may one day overcome "the infirmity of old age" has suggested to Leon Kass a dangerous attempt to transform the human condition not only through the indefinite prolongation of life but by impiously
extending our biblically allotted three score year and ten.
He equates them with the Pharisees of Jesus' time, indicating that both groups are capable of outward shows of piety while privately living impiously
paraphrase Benjamin Franklin: History has given you an empire, if you will keep it.
They seem to you inert, flabby, weakly envious, foolishly obstinate, impiously
mutinous, and many other things.
One reason why the cause of manhood suffrage made such limited progress was that many people from much the same social background as most Levellers believed that God had given victory to the Parliament's armies in order to advance the interest of His People, so that to give equal political rights to saints and sinners would be to fly impiously
in the face of providence.
Thus, the selfish household acted rationally when they behaved impiously
towards Jupiter and Mercury.