Contra Celsum

Contra Celsum

Origen Henry Chadwick / Sep 23, 2019

Contra Celsum Few works of the early Church are as interesting to the modern reader or as important to the historian as Origen s reply to the attack on Christianity made by the pagan Celsus The Contra Celsum is the

  • Title: Contra Celsum
  • Author: Origen Henry Chadwick
  • ISBN: 9780521295765
  • Page: 314
  • Format: Paperback
  • Few works of the early Church are as interesting to the modern reader or as important to the historian as Origen s reply to the attack on Christianity made by the pagan Celsus The Contra Celsum is the culmination of the great apologetic movement of the second and third centuries A.D and is for the Greek Church what St Augustine s City of God is for Western Christendom.Few works of the early Church are as interesting to the modern reader or as important to the historian as Origen s reply to the attack on Christianity made by the pagan Celsus The Contra Celsum is the culmination of the great apologetic movement of the second and third centuries A.D and is for the Greek Church what St Augustine s City of God is for Western Christendom It is also one of the chief monuments of the coming together of ancient Greek culture and the new faith of the expanding Christian society Thus Origen s work is of interest not only to the historian and theologian, but also to the hellenist Professor Chadwick s English translation is preceeded by a substantial introduction which includes discussion on Celsus date, identity and theological outlook, as well as an account of Origen s philosophical background and method The notes elucidate the many obscure allusions of a difficult text.

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        A scholar and early Christian theologian.


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    1. This was one of my very few forays into reading the Church Fathers (Origen wrote this in about 248 A.D.), and it was a fascinating experience -- one that I look forward to repeating on more occasions with other early Church works. On a side note, it was weirdly odd that the Kindle edition had 666 pages. Strange.Against Celsus (Contra Celsum) is a lengthy defense of the Christian faith, written by Origen in 8 separate "books" or sections, in answer to another book, "The True Doctrine" written in [...]


    2. Fat chance Origen has of refuting Celsus who way back then in the second century trashed Genesis. He thinks Xians saying they can't serve two masters are in effect attributing their own feeling to god. Having done so, they use god as endorsement of what they feel whatever that is. Celsus also attacks Xianity for impiously dividing the kingdom of god into two opposing forces, an inheritance from Zoroastrianism. He also attacks they're worshipping extravagantly a man who appeared recently to which [...]



    3. Though not as brilliant a work as De Principiis, which is, in my opinion, Origen's greatest achievement, this book has the best discussion that I have found of the purpose of allegorical interpretation of scripture.


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