For he that protects with a shield is the of him whom he protects not being wounded; preventing him, as he does, from being wounded. For I teach you the ways of wisdom; that the fountains fail you not, which gush forth from the earth itself. For when you have strengthened wisdom with a cope by , and with right expenditure, you will preserve it unassailable by sophists. For if we act not for the Word, we shall act against reason. For it does not follow, that if a man accomplishes anything not purposely, he does it through force of circumstances. Here Clement is giving basic instruction to the believer about how to conduct himself in everyday activities.
For it is not possible to the parts without the of the whole; and one must study the genesis of the , that thereby we may be able to learn the of man. The following are the names of treatises which Clement refers to as written or about to be written by him, but of which otherwise we have no trace or mention:— On First Principles; On Prophecy; On the Allegorical Interpretation of Members and Affections when ascribed to God; On Angels; On the Devil; On the Origin of the Universe; On the Unity and Excellence of the Church; On the Offices of Bishops, Presbyters, Deacons, and Widows; On the Soul; On the Resurrection; On Marriage; On Continence; Against Heresies. In his time Esaias still prophesied, and Hosea, and Michæas the Morasthite, and Joel the son of Bethuel. To you, therefore, I shall not hesitate to answer the questions you have asked, refuting the falsifications by the very words of the Gospel. He became the successor of Pantænus in the catechetical school, and had Origen for his pupil, with other eminent men. He settled in Cappadocia, and by 215 had died. His ministry, both in and outside the Alexandrian church, was cut abruptly short in 202, when persecution broke out during the reign of Emperor Septimius Severus.
Now Tityus was contemporary with Tantalus. He was succeeded by Theophrastus, who was succeeded by Strato, and he by Lycon, then Critolaus, and then Diodorus. . And we profess not to explain secret things sufficiently — far from it — but only to recall them to memory, whether we have forgot anything, or whether for the purpose of not forgetting. Such, then, are the eyes of the blind which are opened.
Pythagoras is shown to have been either a Tuscan or a Tyrian. Most admirably, therefore, the apostle says, In everything approving ourselves as the servants of ; as poor, and yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing all things. But let each do that for which he is naturally fitted. You did well in silencing the unspeakable teachings of the Carpocrations. They are right to those who wish to receive understanding.
As, then, we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to the household of. We must not therefore care more for the dress than the safety of the body. They demand bare alone, as if they wished, without bestowing any care on the vine, straightway to gather clusters from the first. So that whosoever shall eat the bread and drink the cup of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. You that thirst, go to the waters, says Esaias. I that many are perpetually assailing us with the allegation, that not to prevent a thing happening, is to be the of it happening.
Neither, then, is the one thing nor the other evil. But Apollodorus alleges it was an hundred and twenty years after the Ionic migration, while Agesilaus son of Doryssæus was king of the Lacedæmonians: so that he brings Lycurgus the legislator, while still a young man, near him. But as we say that a man can be a believer without learning, so also we assert that it is impossible for a man without learning to comprehend the things which are declared in the. First in its ranks were the of the ; and the Chaldeans among the ; and the Druids among the Gauls; and the Samanæans among the Bactrians; and the of the Celts; and the of the , who foretold the Saviour's birth, and came into the land of Judæa guided by a star. Now this work of mine in writing is not artfully constructed for display; but my memoranda are stored up against old age, as a remedy against forgetfulness, an image and outline of those vigorous and animated discourses which I was privileged to hear, and of blessed and remarkable men.
And, Let him that speaks in an unknown tongue that he may interpret. Wherefore it was not said to all, You are the of the earth. On embracing Christianity, he eagerly sought the instructions of its most eminent teachers; for this purpose travelling extensively over Greece, Italy, Egypt, Palestine, and other regions of the East. For the of Socrates was a , not by not preventing, but by exhorting, even if strictly speaking he did not exhort. For above all is that Psalm, The just shall live to the end, for he shall not see corruption, when he beholds the wise dying.
And nothing, it is said, was made without Him— the. Again, God has created us naturally social and just; whence must not be said to take its rise from implantation alone. But if any one wishes not to seem, but to be righteous, to him it belongs to the things which are best. He speaks of the apostolic tradition as received through his teachers hardly at second-hand. Strato, in his book Of Inventions, ascribes the apophthegm to Stratodemus of Tegea. For on all accounts, being wise, they incur greater blame in not believing the proclamation. I do not think that directly declares the Word, although in many instances attempts and persuasively teaches us probable arguments; but it assails the.
So that Pythagoras was, according to the most, of barbarian extraction. Thus thinks that some of the barbarians, too, are. And at a late date, Pythagoras, the pupil of Pherecydes, first called himself a. Whether written compositions are not to be left behind at all; or if they are, by whom? You shall sprinkle me with , and I shall be cleansed. Restore to me the of Your , and establish me with Your princely spirit. But among the lies, the also told some things.
Whence it is evident that the apostle, by availing himself of poetical examples from the Phenomena of Aratus, approves of what had been well spoken by the Greeks; and intimates that, by the unknown , God the Creator was in a roundabout way worshipped by the Greeks; but that it was necessary by positive to apprehend and learn Him by the Son. These arts, therefore, if not conjoined with , will be injurious to every one. And after that Deborah ruled, judging the people forty years. And its firm foundation is a right life, with suitable instruction. For he that sows to the , shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. One sermon, many letters, and fragments of a few other works of Clement survive. They are a storehouse of curious ancient lore,—a museum of the fossil remains of the beauties and monstrosities of the world of pagan antiquity, during all the epochs and phases of its history.