Two Notes On Tertullian

Two Notes On Tertullian TWO NOTES ON TERTULLIAN BY ROBERT M. GRANT 1. Tertullian (Apol. 47, 6-7) gives us a collection of philosoph- ical opinions on the nature of God. The Platonists regard him as incorporeal, the Stoics as corporeal, Epicurus as consisting of atoms, Pythagoras as consisting of numbers, and Heraclitus as consisting of fire. The Platonists think that he exercises providential care, while the Epicureans regard him as free from care. The Stoics think of him as placed outside the world, turning this mass from outside like a potter; the Platonists, on the contrary, think of him as inside the world, remaining like a pilot inside what he controls. Part of this collection is repeated in Ad na.tio?zes ii. 2, where Tertullian says that the Platonists regard God as exercising pro- vidential care as an arbiter and judge, while the Epicureans regard him as free from care. The Stoics think of him as placed outside the world, while the Platonists think of him as inside the world. What is the origin of this confused report? R. Agahd I says that these pla,cita come from Varro because the statements about Epicurus, Pythagoras, and Heraclitus are found (from Varro) in Augustine, De http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Vigiliae Christianae Brill

Two Notes On Tertullian

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BRILL
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© 1951 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0042-6032
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1570-0720
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10.1163/157007251X00138
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TWO NOTES ON TERTULLIAN BY ROBERT M. GRANT 1. Tertullian (Apol. 47, 6-7) gives us a collection of philosoph- ical opinions on the nature of God. The Platonists regard him as incorporeal, the Stoics as corporeal, Epicurus as consisting of atoms, Pythagoras as consisting of numbers, and Heraclitus as consisting of fire. The Platonists think that he exercises providential care, while the Epicureans regard him as free from care. The Stoics think of him as placed outside the world, turning this mass from outside like a potter; the Platonists, on the contrary, think of him as inside the world, remaining like a pilot inside what he controls. Part of this collection is repeated in Ad na.tio?zes ii. 2, where Tertullian says that the Platonists regard God as exercising pro- vidential care as an arbiter and judge, while the Epicureans regard him as free from care. The Stoics think of him as placed outside the world, while the Platonists think of him as inside the world. What is the origin of this confused report? R. Agahd I says that these pla,cita come from Varro because the statements about Epicurus, Pythagoras, and Heraclitus are found (from Varro) in Augustine, De

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Vigiliae ChristianaeBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1951

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