“In 1975 in one of the worst slums in Palermo, Sicily I encountered a temple which had originally been dedicated to Venus Aphrodite. It had been dedicated at some point in ancient times to Jesus Christ also. The large inscriptions included both dedications. The older one to Venus and the newer one to Jesus Christ. There were statues in recesses all around the outside of the building. Each pedestal bore the name of a different God or Goddess. The original statues had been removed and replaced by statues of various Christian Saints. However, the names remained the same. The images were changed but the names remained the same.”
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