Tertullian. Opera Omnia. 1701.
Outstanding writer and theologian; (160-220 A.D.), considered by many to be the greatest Christian writer before St. Augustine. Probably born in Carthage, he was educated in Greek and Latin literature and philosophy and later studied law. In his youth he was deeply involved in the literary and social life of the day. Converted to Christianity as an adult, he may have been a priest of the church of Carthage. His works, most of which cannot be dated with certainty, fall into three classes: the apologetic (defending Christianity against paganism), the polemical-dogmatic (refuting heresies), and the disciplinary and ascetic works. His style is highly personal and quotable; at times terse and obscure, but also powerful, angry, and passionate.[EB]
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