During the editing process, on occasion I would remove text that while interesting, I found it to represent a diversion from the topic at hand, this way disrupting the flow of the argument. This was the case with the story about the St. Sophia Church in Istanbul, Turkey. What follows is no longer part of the manuscript. To the original and now excised from the book discussion I added here context that clarifies certain points made in the book about the institution of religion under different circumstances.
The word philosophy comes from the Greek philo sophia, meaning love of wisdom. A rather strange fact considering that same as in the case of Orthodox Judaism, based on the story of Adam and Eve in the Bible and the Torah in the Christian religion too knowledge is associated with the otherwise made-up notion of capital sin, one of the most impressive Christian churches ever was Saint Sophia. Also known as the Great Church, or the Church of the Divine Wisdom, it was built in Constantinople, Byzantium, today's Istanbul, Turkey, between 532 and 537 CE. Numerous fires and earthquakes have repeatedly destroyed it along the time. It was rebuilt, destroyed again, rebuilt again, and eventually it changed owners. Today, that church is known as Hagia Sophia.
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