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On the true doctrine - Celsus

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Title
On the true doctrine - a discourse against the Christians
Author
Celsus
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
19870219

The works of many early critics of the Christian church were burned by ruling emperors or otherwise destroyed in the second and third centuries, but the writings of the Greek pagan philosopher, Celsus, have survived indirectly through his eloquent opponent Origen of Alexandria. In his apologetical treatise, Contra Celsum, Origen argues against the ideas set forth by Celsus and quotes from Celsus' The True Doctrine at length. Through this treatise, Celsus has cometo represent the detached pagan voice of the ages. In this translation, Professor Hoffmann has, for the first time, painstakingly reconstructed the main order of the philosopher's argument. Celsus' discourse shows him to be an eclectic philosopher--a dabbler in various schools of thought, including Platonism andStoicism, and a student of the history and religious customs of many nations. Hoffman supplements this definitive translation with an informative introduction, summarizing Celsus' premises and placing the identity of Celsus in its historical context.

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Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Christianity and other religions - Roman - Early works to 1800.|Christianity - Controversial literature - Early works to 1800.|Rome - Religion - Early works to 1800.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
146

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