The Liberal Puritan


in Early Christian Thought and the Classical Tradition

Published in print March 1984 | ISBN: 9780198266730
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683077 | DOI:
The Liberal Puritan

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Clement of Alexander is hellenized to the core of his being, yet unreserved in his adhesion to the Church in the sense of being wholly opposed to Gnosticism and bound to the authority of scripture as inspired revelation, by which alone he has certitude concerning God's will and purpose. Clement is a trusted figure of whom the Alexandrian church is proud. His entire character and personal achievement constitute in themselves an answer to Celsus's thesis that between Christianity and the Hellenic tradition there can be no reconciliation.

Keywords: Clement of Alexandria; church; Gnosticism; Christianity; Hellenic tradition

Chapter.  9372 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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