DA VINCI: ATHEIST OR BELIEVER IN GOD?
should not come as a surprise that some atheists desperately try to turn
this great genius into an atheist. After all, in their self-deceived
thinking, how could such a titan be otherwise. The following are direct
quotations from Leonardo about his theological views.
“I obey Thee, Lord,
first for the love I, in all reason, owe Thee; secondly, because Thou can
shorten or prolong the lives of men.”
(Richter, 1970, 237)
"Thou, O God, sell us
all good things at the price of labour."
“O admirable Justice,
Thou First Mover; Thou hast not wished that any force should fail the
order or quality of its necessary effects.”
“The body is subject to
heaven and heaven to the Spirit.”
“You think that the body
is a wonderful work. In reality this is nothing compared to the soul that
inhabits in that structure...It is the work of God.”
“A lie is a terrible
thing. Even if it spoke great things about God it would take away from
“The works of God are
appreciated best by other creators.”
J., The Literary Works of Leonardo Da Vinci, Vol. II, Phaidon