Please help support the mission of New Advent and get the full contents of this website as an instant download. As there are these three things in the case of man , habits, actions, and passions ; habits are the department appropriated by hortatory discourse the guide to piety , which, like the ship's keel, is laid beneath for the building up of faith ; in which, rejoicing exceedingly, and abjuring our old opinions, through salvation we renew our youth, singing with the hymning prophecy , How good is God to Israel , to such as are upright in heart! All actions, again, are the province of preceptive discourse; while persuasive discourse applies itself to heal the passions. It is, however, one and the self-same word which rescues man from the custom of this world in which he has been reared, and trains him up in the one salvation of faith in God. When, then, the heavenly guide, the Word, was inviting men to salvation , the appellation of hortatory was properly applied to Him: his same word was called rousing the whole from a part.
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A convert to Christianity, he was an educated man who was familiar with classical Greek philosophy and literature. As his three major works demonstrate, Clement was influenced by Hellenistic philosophy to a greater extent than any other Christian thinker of his time, and in particular by Plato and the Stoics.
His secret works, which exist only in fragments, suggest that he was also familiar with pre-Christian Jewish esotericism and Gnosticism. In one of his works he argued that Greek philosophy had its origin among non-Greeks, claiming that both Plato and Pythagoras were taught by Egyptian scholars. Among his pupils were Origen and Alexander of Jerusalem. Clement is regarded as a Church Father, like Origen. Read more Read less. No customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings?
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The Paedagogus (The Instructor)
Having laid a foundation in the knowledge of divine truth in the first book, he goes on in the Paedagogus to develop a Christian ethic. His design does not prevent him from taking a large part of his material from the Stoic Musonius Rufus , the master of Epictetus ; but for Clement the real instructor is the incarnate Logos. The first book deals with the religious basis of Christian morality, the second and third with the individual cases of conduct. As with Epictetus, true virtue shows itself with him in its external evidences by a natural, simple, and moderate way of living. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the teachers of Greek, see Paedagogi.
Clement of Alexandria