Conclusions

The conclusions to which any judicial mind must arrive are these: (1), It is uncertain from what source the word Aion sprang; (2), It is of no consequence how it originated; (3), Aristotle's opinion is not authority; and

(4), It is probable that he was not defining the word, but was alluding to that being whose aion, or existence is continuous and eternal. That he did not understand that aion signified eternity, we shall demonstrate from his uniform use of the word, in the sense of limited duration. And we find no reason in its etymology for giving it the sense of endless duration. And if it did thus originate, it does not afford a particle of proof that it was subsequently used with that meaning.

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