then do you Stoics involve yourselves in these
sophistries, which you can never explain? Members
of your school, when they are more hurried than
usual, generally give us this syllogism: 'If there
are gods, there is divination; but there are gods,
therefore there is divination.' A more logical one
would be this: 'There is no divination, therefore
there are no gods.' Observe how rashly they
commit themselves to the proposition, 'if there is
no divination, there are no gods.' I say 'rashly,'
for it is evident that divination has been destroyed
and yet we must hold on to the gods.