"We do not need to be powerful kings to live under the burden of scrutiny and threat. Supernatural punishment is like the Sword of Damocles. If there is a God, then all of us are under watchful surveillance and the possibility of supernatural punishment. We go through life with freedom and tempting opportunities, but if ever we make a misstep, there is a sword waiting to strike us down. In fact the situation is worse than for Dionysius, because there are two swords raised above us. One is the relatively blunt instrument of real-world "
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