Essays In The History Of Religious Thought In The West

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byBrooke Foss Westcott

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...Clem. Alex. Strom. i. 15, p. 356. 3 Spartianus, Hadr. p. 10. 3 Vopiscus, Saturn. c. 8. make paper. The lame have their occupation; the blind follow a craft; even the crippled lead a busy life. Money is their god. Christians, Jews, and Gentiles combine unanimously in the worship of this deity " One element in this confusion, indicated by Hadrian, is too remarkable to be passed over without remark. The practice of magic, which gained an evil prominence in the later Alexandrine schools, was already coming into vogue. Celsus compared the miracles of the Lord with " the feats of those who have been taught by Egyptians1." Such a passion, even in its grosser forms, is never without some moral, we may perhaps say, some spiritual, importance. Its spread at this crisis can hardly be misinterpreted. There was a longing among men for some sensible revelation of the unseen; and a conviction that such a revelation was possible. Even Origen appears to admit the statement that demons were vanquished by the use of certain names which lost their virtue if translated2, and he mentions one interesting symptom of the general excitement which belongs to the better side of the feeling. " Many," he says, "embraced Christianity, as it were, against their will. Some spirit turned their mind (to 1770-v1xov) suddenly from hating the Word to being ready to die for it, and shewed them visions either waking or sleeping3." One who is reckoned among the martyrs whom Origen himself trained furnishes an example1. Basilides, a young soldier, shielded a Cliristian maiden from insult on her way to death. She promised to recompense him. A few days after he confessed himself a Christian. He said that Potamisena, such was the maiden's name, had appeared to him three days after...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...Clem. Alex. Strom. i. 15, p. 356. 3 Spartianus, Hadr. p. 10. 3 Vopiscus, Saturn. c. 8. make paper. The lame hav...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:98 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.2 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217472524

ISBN - 13:9780217472524

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