Clement, Philosophy and Paganism

 

 

 

Excellent post examining the challenges faced by our forebears which so readily echo the challenges the Church faces today. A rigorous and genuine faith examines itself and asks questions. It challenges its own assumptions and it is not afraid of the answers. After all, what is my faith worth if it cannot stand up to examination?

A Pastor's Thoughts

ClementIn the early stages of the development of Christian development it was ridiculed and refuted as too mysterious and not liable to be understood by the human mind. The Church father Clement and his followers had the challenge of presenting Christianity as a form of philosophy without ever compromising the essence of the Christian faith. These early defenders of the faith worked against a twofold danger. While they genuinely tried to resolve the pagan antagonisms they experienced because they were Christians, it was their own fellow believers who were also hostile for any sort of theological compromise. (sounds familiar )

One of these early church peers observed, it seemed that a chance of any peace between the Greeks and Christians was virtually impossible:

On the one hand, the completely negative attitude of many uneducated Christians towards Greek philosophy prevented Christianity from assuming a scientific and philosophical character, and thus limited…

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