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By Henry Chadwick, J. E. L. Oulton

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

Long well-known 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 background. via those works--each written sooner than the top of the 16th century--contemporary readers may be able to have interaction the guidelines that experience formed Christian theology and the church in the course of the centuries.

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To put them to shame we should be forced td deal with each one, and to state our objections to each point, which would extend these notes to an unconscionable length. Accordingly we may divide all the heresies into two groups in making answer to them. Either they teach that one ought to live on the principle that it is a matter of indifference whether one does right or wrong, or they set a too ascetic tone and proclaim the necessity of continence on the ground of opinions which are godless and arise from hatred of what God has created.

Those who are eunuchs of necessity are those theatrical ascetics who only control themselves because they have a passion for the limelight. ]2 Those, then, who are eunuchs of necessity have no sound reason for their abstinence from marriage. But those who for the sake of the eternal kingdom have made themselves eunuchs derive this idea, they say, from a wish to avoid the distractions involved in marriage, because they are afraid of having to waste time in providing for the necessities of life. 2.

42 17. It is also worth mentioning the remark of Philolaus. 44 Similarly in the Phaedo Plato does not hesitate to write as follows: "And these men who established our mysteries . . "45 Does he not hint that birth is the cause of the worst evils? " 46 18. " 48 unless he speaks of "body of death" in a figurative sense to refer to the agreement of those who have been enticed into evil. And that sexual intercourse, as the cause of birth, was rejected long before Marcion by Plato is clear from the first book of the Republic.

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