Clement of Alexandria by Eric Osborn

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This transmission of divine truth through the son (who is the sole wisdom of God) is above all human speech. 5). 3–5). Finally, the soul of the true Christian becomes so endowed with logos that it reaches the condition of the great high priest and is directly inspired by the logos himself. No longer is such a soul taught by scripture, but lays hold of 84 I have normally translated Clement’s true gnostikos as ‘sage’, ‘complete Christian’, because the literal translation suggests that he was primarily concerned with a competitive Gnosticism.

Gottes Heil ist eine in der Vergangenheit abgeschlossene Gro¨sse’ (152). This is plainly wrong. 3). 5). 1). The effect of the gospel on the world is stated with Johannine clarity. The divine power has illuminated the earth and scattered everywhere the seed of salvation. The speed with which God has acted proves that only he could be the author of salvation. He has brought peace to all, acting as the divine logos, who is transparently and truly God, equal to the ruler of all, being his son and the word who was in God.

It is the same saving plan which is presented and elaborated, in the Protrepticus, in a way accessible to Greek readers. 9 No other writer sets out the wonder of the new age as does Clement. Truth comes down from heaven, light spreads over the earth and the champion of the universe conquers darkness and sin. 2f ). 2). 1) he opens eyes and unstops ears, he leads the lame and wandering to righteousness, and exhibits God to the foolish. He destroys corruption and death, and he brings divine love and grace to mankind.

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