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“Depth below depth of meaning lies in that phrase–‘My Eros is crucified'”

The tiara of the pontiff-Emperor and the tiara of the Roman Bishop arose above the new world. But there were other and more spectacular changes, some of them particular, as in the ritual about the Emperor, some general, as in … Continue reading

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“The Emperor summoned Nicaea; the Fathers got to work”

Christendom had set out to re-generate the world. The unregenerate Roman world was now handed over to it. No extreme difficulties were any longer to be put in its way, except under the noble but ill-fated effort of the Emperor … Continue reading

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“The Eros that is crucified lives again and the Eros lives after a new style”

The new heresy of Manichaeanism which was intruding from the East might indeed exclude matter and the world from its consideration. But the orthodox Faith, based on the union of very matter with very deity, could not do so. Its … Continue reading

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“Origen has been suspected of a great orthodoxy, for the Church has not always been most comfortable with the most orthodox”

The movement which began with Clement and culminated later in Athanasius preserved humanism for the Church. But the immediate successor of Clement, to deliver lectures in the School and to talk with his students in his house, was a greater … Continue reading

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“If we thrive by the force of the saints, they too may feed on our felicities”

Montanism was, first of all, a highly rigorist movement. In morals, as in everything, there are two opposite tendencies. The first is to say : “Everything matters infinitely.” The second is to say: “No doubt that is true. But mere … Continue reading

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“By definition, all men were in need of salvation; therefore, of faith and repentance in faith”

The revolt against the Gnostic influence depended on two things. There was the capacity of individual anti-Gnostic writers, such as Irenaeus of Lyons. There was also—and far more important—the actual belief of the separate Churches. It was on many points … Continue reading

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“Christianity is, always, the redemption of a point”

Christianity is, always, the redemption of a point, of one particular point. “Now is the accepted time; now is the day of salvation.” In this sense there is nothing but now; there is no duration. We have nothing to do … Continue reading

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