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Le Protreptique

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Protrepticus (Exhortation to the Heathen) was the first in the trilogy of Clement of Alexandria. It lays a foundation in the knowledge of divine truth. Paedagogus, The Instructor, was the second in the trilogy and goes onto develop a Christian ethic. Protrepticus, deals with the religious basis of Christian morality, Paedagogus, the second and Stromata, third with the indi ...more
Paperback, Sources Chrétiennes, 213 pages
Published June 2004 by Cerf (first published 200)
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Evan Leach
Clement of Alexandria was a Christian author writing in the late second and early third centuries AD. Like Tertullian, he is regarded as a Church Father rather than a saint by most denominations today. Clement’s extant writings reveal an educated, widely-read mind (again, like Tertullian) that was familiar with both Christian scholarship and the major pagan philosophic creeds.

The Protrepticus, Clement’s earliest surviving work, is an exhortation for the pagans of his time to reject the religions
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Le Protreptique (en grec Προτρεπτικός signifie exhortation) est un texte de Clément d'Alexandrie, un païen originaire d'Athènes, du IIème siècle, converti au christianisme, philosophe de formation, excellent au point d'avoir eu en charge avant Origène la responsabilité de l'école théologique d'Alexandrie. Il expose d'abord rapidement la doctrine chrétienne à ses compatriotes grecs. Mais ce n'est pas assez pour faire des chrétiens, que les païens adoptent une divinité supplémentaire dans leur pan ...more
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Skipped a lot of the middle of the work, since Clement was there engaging Greek mythology and superstitious beliefs. I don’t know enough about all that to know what he was bashing/talking about. But the beginning and end of the work had a lot of great gems, specifically the metaphor Clement uses of a New Song in Christ, we believers joining the symphony as new creations, and being united to God in Christ and therefore friends of God. Lots of beautiful imagery and Scriptural pictures that I found ...more
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Neither Clement's birthdate or birthplace is known with any degree of certainty. It is conjectured that he was born in around 150. According to Epiphanius Scholasticus, he was born in Athens, but there is also a tradition of an Alexandrian birth.

His parents were pagans, and Clement was a convert to Christianity. In the Protrepticus he displays an extensive knowledge of Greek mythology and mystery

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