Alexandrian Christianity (Library of Christian Classics) by Henry Chadwick, J. E. L. Oulton

By Henry Chadwick, J. E. L. Oulton

This quantity within the Library of Christian Classics sequence bargains 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 historical past. via those works--each written sooner than the top of the 16th century--contemporary readers may be able to interact the guidelines that experience formed Christian theology and the church in the course of the centuries.

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19 Cf. Rom. ; Gen. 17:5. 20 Cf. Lev. 20:10; Deut. 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.

The passage reads as follows: "All things were one; but as it seemed good to its unity not to be alone, an idea came forth from it, and it had intercourse with it and made the beloved. In consequence of this there came forth from him an idea with which he had intercourse and made powers which cannot be seen or heard . . " If these people spoke of acts of spiritual union like the Valentinians,76 perhaps one could accept their view. But to suppose that the holy prophets spoke of carnal and wanton intercourse is the way of a man who has renounced salvation.

I Peter 2:11. 82 Num. 25:8. 83 I John i:6f. ON MARRIAGE 55 33. How then are they who do these things superior to worldly men when they behave like the very worst men of this world? Those whose actions are alike are in my opinion of like nature. " 88 34. 89 In consequence of the latter man has a sexual impulse. They fail to observe that the upper parts also want food and in some men are lustful. , opponents], assert that the God of the universe is our Father by nature, and all that he has made is good.

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