Christ the Educator (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 23)

Christ the Educator (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 23)

Translated by SIMON P. WOOD
Copyright Date: 1954
Pages: 333
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    Christ the Educator (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 23)
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    eISBN: 978-0-8132-1123-7
    Subjects: Religion

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
    (pp. v-xx)

    In the past century, much interest has been shown in Clement of Alexandria, and many studies made of his place in the history of Christian thought. Non-Catholics and rationalists have been extravagant in their praise. They see in him, in the words of J. Patrick, ‘the first systematic teacher of Christian doctrine, the formal champion of liberal culture in the Church.’¹ The same writer joins A. Harnack in endorsing the tribute of Overbeck that Clement’s work is perhaps the most daring undertaking in the history of the Church.² C. Bigg, speaking of the school whose teachings found their way into...

  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. xxi-2)
    (pp. 3-92)

    O you who are children! An indestructible corner, stone of knowledge, holy temple of the great God, has been hewn out especially for us as a foundation for the truth. This corner stone is noble persuasion, or the desire for eternal life aroused by an intelligent response to it, laid in the ground of our minds.

    For, be it noted, there are these three things in man: habits, deeds, and passions. Of these, habits come under the influence of the word of persuasion, the guide to godliness. This is the word that underlies and supports, like the keel of a...

    (pp. 93-198)

    In keeping with the purpose we have in mind, we must now select passages from the Scriptures that bear on education in the practical needs of life, and describe the sort of life he who is called a Christian should live throughout his life. We should begin with ourselves, and with the way we should regulate [our actions].

    In the effort to maintain a proper proportion in this treatise, let us speak first of the way each should conduct himself in reference to his body, or, rather, of the manner in which he should exercise control over it. Now, whenever...

    (pp. 199-278)

    To know oneself has always been, so it seems, the greatest of all lessons. For, if anyone knows himself, he will know God; and, in knowing God, he will become like Him,¹ not by wearing golden ornaments or by trailing long flowing robes, but by performing good deeds and cultivating an independence of as many things as possible. God alone has no needs, and He rejoices in a particular way when He sees us pure in the adornment of our minds and our bodies clothed with the adornment of the holy garment of self-control.

    The soul consists of three parts.²...

  7. INDEX
    (pp. 281-309)