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Peregrinations of the Word : Essays in Medieval Philosophy

Peregrinations of the Word : Essays in Medieval Philosophy
by Louis MacKey

 

Clement of Alexandria   
ca. A. D. 150 - ca. 215

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The Wars of The Lord: Volume Three
coverAlexandria and the Rhetoric of Legitimacy by Denise Kimber Buell.  

How did second-century Christians vie with each other in seeking to produce an authoritative discourse of Christian identity? In this innovative book, Denise Buell argues that many early Christians deployed the metaphors of procreation and kinship in the struggle over claims to represent the truth of Christian interpretation, practice, and doctrine. In particular, she examines the intriguing works of the influential theologian Clement of Alexandria (ca. 150-210 c.e.), for whom cultural assumptions about procreation and kinship played an important role in defining which Christians have the proper authority to teach, and which kinds of knowledge are authentic.  

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Clement of Alexandria Biography

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Clement of Alexandria, full name TITUS FLAVIUS CLEMENS (150?-215?), Greek theologian and an early Father of the Church. He was probably born in Athens, Greece, and was educated at the catechetical school in Alexandria, where he studied under the Christian philosopher Pantaenus. Some time after Clement's conversion from paganism, he was ordained a presbyter. In about 190 he succeeded Pantaenus as head of the catechetical school, which became famous under his leadership. Origen, who later achieved distinction as a writer, teacher, and theologian, may have been one of Clement's pupils. During the persecution of the Christians in the reign of Septimius Severus, emperor of Rome, Clement moved from Alexandria to Caesarea (Mazaca) in Cappadocia. Little is known of his subsequent activities. At times, he was considered a saint; his name appeared in early Christian martyrologies...

The Stromata, or Miscellanies

This site furnishes an English translation of the noted eight-book work authored by Clement of Alexandria.

 

Clement of Alexandria - Exhortation to the Heathen

Clement of alexandria associates musical worship with idolatry. The frenzy was intoxication on ignorance.  In this work Clement of Alexandria describes the lifeless instruments condemned by Paul to the Corinthians.

 

Clement of Alexandria and Vegetarianism

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Clement wrote, "It is far better to be happy than to have your bodies act as graveyards for animals. Accordingly, the apostle Matthew partook of seeds, nuts and vegetables, without flesh". One of the earliest Christian documents is the `Clementine Homiles', a second-century work purportedly based on the teachings of St. Peter. Homily XII states, "The unnatural eating of flesh meats is as polluting as the heathen worship of devils, with its sacrifices and its impure feasts, through participation in it a man becomes a fellow eater with devils"...

 

Commentary on the Parable of the Prodigal Son

This fragment of a longer work by Clement has survived because it is quoted in an oration on Luke 15 by Macarius Chrysocephalus. The second part, however, starting at section 4, is in a different style and refers directly to the Novatian schism which took place after St. Clement's repose. The second unknown author is however very close to Clement in his general approach to exegesis.

 

Clement of Alexandria -- Online translations and commentaries

Provides a biography of the 2nd century Christian apologist and educator of Alexandria. Furnishes access to many of his works in English.

 

Sts Clement of Alexandria and Maximus the Confessor Home Page

Henry Karlson

This site is devoted to Christian theological and philosophical concerns. It contains original writings as well as old editions of major Christian theological and philosophical texts which are hard to find.

 

The Letter of Clement of Alexandria to Theodore

Translation by Morton Smith

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You did well in silencing the unspeakable teachings of the Carpocratians. For these are the "wandering stars" referred to in the prophecy, who wander from the narrow road of the commandments into a boundless abyss of the carnal and bodily sins. For, priding themselves in knowledge, as they say, "of the deep things of Satan," they do not know that they are casting themselves away into "the nether world of the darkness" of falsity, and, boasting that they are free, they have become slaves of servile desires. Such men are to be opposed in all ways and altogether. For, even if they should say something true, one who loves the truth should not, even so, agree with them. For not all true things are the truth, nor should that truth which merely seems true according to human opinions be preferred to the true truth, that according to the faith.

 

Analysis of Clement of Alexandria's Stromateis

Eugene Afonasin analyzes Pythagorian symbolism and philosophic "paideia" in Clement's "Stromateis."

 

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