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ANF04. Fathers of the Third Century: Tertullian, Part Fourth; Minucius Felix; Commodian; Origen, Parts First and Second
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Chapter XVII.

He wishes, indeed, to compare the articles of our faith to those of the Egyptians; “among whom, as you approach their sacred edifices, are to be seen splendid enclosures, and groves, and large and beautiful gateways,34803480    προπυλαίων μεγέθη τε καὶ κάλλη. and wonderful temples, and magnificent tents around them, and ceremonies of worship full of superstition and mystery; but when you have entered, and passed within, the object of worship is seen to be a cat, or an ape, or a crocodile, or a goat, or a dog!”  Now, what is the resemblance34813481    τὸ ἀνάλογον. between us and the splendours of Egyptian worship which are seen by those who draw near their temples?  And where is the resemblance to those irrational animals which are worshipped within, after you pass through the splendid gateways?  Are our prophecies, and the God of all things, and the injunctions against images,34823482    [Clearly coincident with Clement and other early Fathers on this head.] objects of reverence in the view of Celsus also, and Jesus Christ crucified, the analogue to the worship of the irrational animal?  But if he should assert this—and I do not think that he will maintain anything else—we shall reply that we have spoken in the preceding pages at greater length in defence of those charges affecting Jesus, showing that what appeared to have happened to Him in the capacity of His human nature, was fraught with benefit to all men, and with salvation to the whole world.


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