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Latin Christianity: Tertullian (Ante-Nicene Fathers 3) (Ante-Nicene Fathers #3)

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"One of the first great events in Christian history was the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, convened to organize Christian sects and beliefs into a unified doctrine. The great Christian clergymen who wrote before this famous event are referred to as the Ante-Nicenes and the Apostolic Fathers, and their writings are collected here in a ten-volume set. The Ante-Nicenes lived so ...more
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Published May 1st 2007 by Cosimo Classics (first published 1867)
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Erik Graff
Jan 06, 2014 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tertullian fans
Recommended to Erik by: Elaine Pagels
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My undergraduate thesis having been about the scholarly debates concerning the origins of gnosticism, I jumped at opportunities to pursue the study later on while at seminary in New York City. There, at UTS, I had two professors who were expert in the field: Cyril Richardson and Elaine Pagels.

Dr. Richardson was elderly and my conversations with him were confined to in- and after-class hours. Pagels, however, was one of my girlfriend's favorite professors at Barnard College down the street and, t
Apr 28, 2013 Coyle rated it really liked it
Good LORD these volumes take forever to finish. I mean, theoretically I read 10 pages/day, and the whole thing should take me no more than 70-some odd days. But in the real world, 1) I get busy and don't always have time to knock out 10 pages/day; 2) each page is double-columned, so 10 pages is really 20 pages; 3) this isn't always the most thrilling writing; 4) this isn't always the most useful writing-- though 3) and 4) should probably be following by a ton of caveats (which I won't).

With all
Mar 05, 2016 Catherine rated it liked it
Tertullian...the best of authors, the worst of authors. Terribly thorough in walking through every possible iteration of his argument, which makes for full defenses, but painstakingly LONG defenses. You never know where one of those Montanist dragons is going to pop up and wheeze its smokey sludge all over the place. And despite frequent acknowledgements of "don't add or remove" from Scripture, he still manages to promote several extra-Biblical practices as "necessary" disciplines and give the e ...more
David Withun
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Tertullian is by far the most sarcastic and sardonic of the early Christian authors -- in short, he was a jerk, and that's why I love him! His constant plays on words and jabs at his pagan and heretical opponents make his writings a delight to read. There aren't many ancient authors that modern folks can laugh out loud at, but Tertullian is certainly one of them. After reading this large volume of his works, I felt as if I'd gotten to know the man himself, as so much of his writing gives persona ...more
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Tertullian, the North African church father who wrote from the 190s to the 210s dominates this volume. He was the first church father to write in Latin, and his writings cover many topics. His Apology is the best place to start and from there move on to warnings against idolatry (The Shows, On Idolatry), practical topics (On Baptism, On Prayer) and heavier theology (Against Marcion, Against Praxeas).
CJ Bowen
Aug 05, 2013 CJ Bowen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some great stuff in here on heresy, holiness, rhetoric, patience, and the person and work of Jesus.
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Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus, anglicised as Tertullian (c. 160 – c. 220 AD), was a prolific early Christian author from Carthage in the Roman province of Africa. He is the first Christian author to produce an extensive corpus of Latin Christian literature. He also was a notable early Christian apologist and a polemicist against heresy. Tertullian has been called "the father of Latin Chri ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Ante-Nicene Fathers (10 books)
  • Ante-Nicene Fathers 1: Apostolic Fathers, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus
  • Ante-Nicene Fathers 2: Fathers of the Second Century: Hermas, Tatian, Theophilus, Athenagoras, Clement of Alexandria
  • Ante-Nicene Fathers 4: Fathers of the Third Century: Tertullian, Minucius Felix, Commodian, Origen
  • Ante-Nicene Fathers 5: Fathers of the Third Century: Hippolytus; Cyprian; Caius; Novatian; Appendix
  • Ante-Nicene Fathers. Vol 6
  • The Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol 7
  • Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol 8
  • Ante-Nicene Fathers 9: Recently Discovered Additions to Early Christian Literature: Commentaries, The Narrative of Zosimus, The Apology
  • Ante-Nicene Fathers 10: Bibliographic Synopsis, General Index

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