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By Henry Chadwick, J. E. L. Oulton

ISBN-10: 0664241530

ISBN-13: 9780664241537

This quantity within the Library of Christian Classics sequence bargains clean translations of chosen works of Clement and Origen of Alexandria.

Long famous for the standard of its translations, introductions, explanatory notes, and indexes, the Library of Christian Classics presents students and scholars with sleek English translations of a few of the main major Christian theological texts in heritage. via those works--each written ahead of the top of the 16th century--contemporary readers may be able to interact the tips that experience formed Christian theology and the church throughout the centuries.

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If he should be contaminated by carnal desire, what is he to do? "63 The movement furthered with enthusiasm by Ambrose and Siricius was in full accord with the ascetic ideals of the age. 64 The third and seventh books of Clement's Miscellanies are documents of the first importance for understanding the origins of Christian asceticism. , V I , 3. 62 Siricius, Ep. D. , X I I I , 1184B). Cf. J e r o m e , c. Iovin, I, 34. For a full account of the development of clerical celibacy see H . Leclercq's article "Celibat" in Diet, d'archiol.

15 (see his discussion, p p . ). , I l l , 22). The works of Theophrastus and Seneca on marriage, and above all the writings of the third-century Neoplatonist Porphyry, who collected together an enormous amount of material from earlier writers on this theme, illustrate Clement's observation. The Christian writers on asceticism in the fourth century drew heavily on Porphyry, undeterred by the fact that he was the most prominent and dangerous critic of Christianity of his time. , Ill, 4 and 82). , 33:2).

22:22. ON MARRIAGE 45 10. These then are the doctrines of the excellent Carpocratians. These, so they say, and certain other enthusiasts for the same wickednesses, gather together for feasts (I would not call their meeting an Agape), men and women together. 23 After they have practised community of use in this love-feast, they demand by daylight of whatever women they wish that they will be obedient to the law of Carpocrates—it would not be right to say the law of God. Such, I think, is the law that Carpocrates must have given for the copulations of dogs and pigs and goats.

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