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 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 sooner than the tip of the 16th century--contemporary readers may be able to interact the tips that experience formed Christian theology and the church in the course of the centuries.
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2 Gen. 1:29; 9:3. ON MARRIAGE 57 4 opposition. If he tells the thief to restore fourfold, you ought even to give something to the thief. Similarly again, you who oppose the command "Thou shalt love the Lord" 5 ought not to love the God of the universe at all. And if he says, "Thou shalt not make any graven or molten image," 6 it follows that you ought to bow down to graven images. Are you not blasphemous, therefore, when you oppose, as you say, the Creator, and endeavour to do the same as fornicators and adulterers?
X I I I , 1160). 64 J e r o m e , c. , I, 34. 36 CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA thought. If redemption is made the focal point of theology at the expense of the doctrine of Creation, this present world can hardly seem other than something from which we must pray to be delivered at an early opportunity. So long as the Gospel remained on Palestinian soil, it was controlled by the tradition of Judaism which was very different from that of the GraecoOriental world. Dr. K. E. Kirk has written: "Judaism . .
As the laws (he says) could not punish men who were ignorant of them, they taught men that they were transgressors. " As he does not understand the words of the apostle where he says *'Through the law I knew sin," 15 he says that the idea of Mine and Thine came into existence through the laws so that the earth and money were no longer put to common use. And so also with marriage. "For God has made vines for all to use in common, since they are not protected against sparrows and a thief; and similarly corn and the other fruits.
Alexandrian Christianity (Library of Christian Classics) by Henry Chadwick, J. E. L. Oulton