Occurrences: 15 First Reference:4th Endowment 17:16
Now there came unto the city from out of the lands of Aconah, a man made famous through
a philosophy of his own devising, which philosophy was meant to ingratiate himself
in the eyes of the ruling class.
For this man, whose name was Alcibiades, taught that it mattered not the doing of
goodly things, for it was strength and wealth which mattered most, and not the spirit
or soul within; for God, being the Father and Mother to all which lived, even they
could not cast away the children they loved so dear, being compelled to give to all,
whether they be good or evil, a portion of Heaven’s glory.
Summary: Alcibiades was a sophist and philosopher who lived during the advent of
the third dispensation on the world of Terralee. His teachings justified the pursuit
of wealth and power by those of the ruling class, claiming it proper that those in
power need only appear good and noble to the public, while taking liberty in their
private lives to fulfill any want, lust or greed. Alcibiades garnered strong support
among the wealthy and ruling classes, while he mocked the weak and impoverished,
stating that only the poor had need of God while the strong and rich were empowered
to shape and control their lives as they saw fit.
Those who believed in the nearness of God were dismayed at the ease in which the
philosopher cast away any argument thrown against his teachings. Believers eventually
sought the counsel of Sariah, the Presiding Matriarch of the city of Gidianna, hoping
she could provide guidance in dealing with the sophistry of Alcibiades and allay
the troubled hearts of those who sought to follow God (4:17:15-57).
The teachings of Sariah: 4th Endowment 17:27 – 19:66