By Henry Chadwick, J. E. L. Oulton
This quantity within the Library of Christian Classics sequence bargains clean translations of chosen works of Clement and Origen of Alexandria.
Long famous for the standard of its translations, introductions, explanatory notes, and indexes, the Library of Christian Classics presents students and scholars with sleek English translations of a few of the main major Christian theological texts in heritage. via those works--each written ahead of the top of the 16th century--contemporary readers may be able to have interaction the guidelines that experience formed Christian theology and the church during the centuries.
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19 Cf. Rom. ; Gen. 17:5. 20 Cf. Lev. 20:10; Deut. 22:22. ON MARRIAGE 45 10. These then are the doctrines of the excellent Carpocratians. These, so they say, and certain other enthusiasts for the same wickednesses, gather together for feasts (I would not call their meeting an Agape), men and women together. 23 After they have practised community of use in this love-feast, they demand by daylight of whatever women they wish that they will be obedient to the law of Carpocrates—it would not be right to say the law of God.
But when you have rejected the fire of the seed, then pray with an undisturbed conscience. And when your prayer of thanksgiving," he says, "descends to a prayer of request, and your request is not that in future you may do right, but that you may do no wrong, then marry. But perhaps a man is too young or poor or suffers from weak health, and has not the will to marry as the apostle's saying suggests. Such a man should not separate himself from his brother Christian. He should say, I have come into the sanctuary, I can suffer nothing.
31. " 79 How then can he live according to God's will who surrenders himself to every desire? And is a man to decide of his own free will that he can sin, and lay it down as a principle that one may commit adultery and revel in sin and break up other men's marriages, when we even take pity on others if they fall into sin against their will? 80 Does a foreign visitor insult the citizens and do them injury? Does he not rather behave as a guest81 and conform to the necessary rules, living without causing offence to the citizens?