Source:Tertullian:Away with all attempts to produce a mottled Christianity of Stoic, Platonic, and dialectic composition!

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Tertullian: "Away with all attempts to produce a mottled Christianity of Stoic, Platonic, and dialectic composition!"

Because of the infiltration of philosophy into the Christian Church, Tertullian said:

“What indeed has Athens to do with Jerusalem? What concord is there between the Academy and the church? What between heretics and Christians? Our instruction comes from the "porch of Solomon," who had himself taught that "the Lord should be sought in simplicity of heart." Away with all attempts to produce a mottled Christianity of Stoic, Platonic, and dialectic composition! We want no curious disputation after possessing Christ Jesus, no inquisition after enjoying the gospel! With our faith, we desire no further belief. For this is our palmary faith, that there is nothing which we ought to believe besides.”[1]

“When churches were advanced in the faith much less would the apostles have withheld from them anything for the purpose of committing it separately to only a specific few.”[2]

Notes

  1. Tertullian, Ante-Nicene Fathers3:246. ANF ToC off-site This volume
  2. Tertullian, Ante-Nicene Fathers3:255. ANF ToC off-site This volume See Revelation 2-3: for the churches' status.