Arguments for Faith in Clement of Alexandria

Arguments for Faith in Clement of Alexandria ARGUMENTS FOR FAITH IN CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA BY ERIC OSBORN In the history of ideas, the defence of faith, which is offered by Cle- ment of Alexandria, ranks beside that of Paul who, in Romans 4, sought to prove the primacy of the faith of Abraham over the law of Moses. Paul was supported by the Letter to the Hebrews, which claimed that not only Abraham, but all the notables of Jewish scripture were persons of faith. Yet faith found its first principle and perfection in Jesus. For Clement, just as the law was a paidagogos to the Jews, so philosophy was a paidagogos to the Greeks to bring them to Christ. In the second century, both paidagogoi were unhappy at their compulsory retirement, especially since they were required to leave their books behind for use by their younger replacement. Justin made it clear that the scriptures now belonged to Christians; Tertullian warned all that the scriptures were Christian property. In philosophy, Justin and Clement used an identical formula to assert that whatever had been well said, belonged to Christians. Justin's logos spermatikos claimed Socrates and Heraclitus as Christians before Christ. Clement, in his Stromateis, claimed that the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Vigiliae Christianae Brill

Arguments for Faith in Clement of Alexandria

Vigiliae Christianae, Volume 48 (1): 1 – Jan 1, 1994

Loading next page...
 
/lp/brill/arguments-for-faith-in-clement-of-alexandria-Ywyb29XZBk
Publisher
Brill
Copyright
© 1994 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
0042-6032
eISSN
1570-0720
D.O.I.
10.1163/157007294X00113
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

ARGUMENTS FOR FAITH IN CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA BY ERIC OSBORN In the history of ideas, the defence of faith, which is offered by Cle- ment of Alexandria, ranks beside that of Paul who, in Romans 4, sought to prove the primacy of the faith of Abraham over the law of Moses. Paul was supported by the Letter to the Hebrews, which claimed that not only Abraham, but all the notables of Jewish scripture were persons of faith. Yet faith found its first principle and perfection in Jesus. For Clement, just as the law was a paidagogos to the Jews, so philosophy was a paidagogos to the Greeks to bring them to Christ. In the second century, both paidagogoi were unhappy at their compulsory retirement, especially since they were required to leave their books behind for use by their younger replacement. Justin made it clear that the scriptures now belonged to Christians; Tertullian warned all that the scriptures were Christian property. In philosophy, Justin and Clement used an identical formula to assert that whatever had been well said, belonged to Christians. Justin's logos spermatikos claimed Socrates and Heraclitus as Christians before Christ. Clement, in his Stromateis, claimed that the

Journal

Vigiliae ChristianaeBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1994

There are no references for this article.

You’re reading a free preview. Subscribe to read the entire article.


DeepDyve is your
personal research library

It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.

Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.

All for just $49/month

Explore the DeepDyve Library

Search

Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly

Organize

Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.

Access

Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.

Your journals are on DeepDyve

Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.

All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

See the journals in your area

DeepDyve

Freelancer

DeepDyve

Pro

Price

FREE

$49/month
$360/year

Save searches from
Google Scholar,
PubMed

Create lists to
organize your research

Export lists, citations

Read DeepDyve articles

Abstract access only

Unlimited access to over
18 million full-text articles

Print

20 pages / month

PDF Discount

20% off