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Early Christian Thought and the Classical Tradition$
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Henry Chadwick

Print publication date: 1984

Print ISBN-13: 9780198266730

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266730.001.0001

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The Liberal Puritan

The Liberal Puritan

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Clement of Alexander is hellenized to the core of his being, yet unreserved in his adhesion to the Church in the sense of being wholly opposed to Gnosticism and bound to the authority of scripture as inspired revelation, by which alone he has certitude concerning God's will and purpose. Clement is a trusted figure of whom the Alexandrian church is proud. His entire character and personal achievement constitute in themselves an answer to Celsus's thesis that between Christianity and the Hellenic tradition there can be no reconciliation.

Keywords:   Clement of Alexandria, church, Gnosticism, Christianity, Hellenic tradition

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