IV. Heraclitus to Hermodorus (p. 191)
The Ps-Heraclitus makes a passionate defense of the charge of impiety. His argument is based in several claims:
– How can you know impiety if you do not know the gods?
— He then shows the many ways in which his subject is ignorant of God.
– If Heracles can be made god-like through goodness, cannot also others?
— And Heraclitus states he is good, that his labors are against vice and suffering.
Heraclitus ends with an inflammatory statement that he and his goodness will last basically forever, while his subject will be lost to time even five-hundred years out.
The deist, or natural theological perspective in this letter are interesting, but seem to me more of a Stoic stripe. There is a Cynic message, however, in pointing to a natural religion of goodness and virtue than the man-made temples and dogma found therein.
This is part of the Cynic Epistles Reading Plan.