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As the church grew, it had to deal with pagan culture.  While Church History is filled with heretical examples where people brought in pagan ideas uncritically, it is hard to say that the World that God created and called very good, where the heavens declare the glory of God is completely unaware of ANYTHING, even if Jesus came to this world and the world did not know him.  And so the "culture wars" go back as long as the church has. 

Alexandria was one of the biggest melting pots of ideas in the Roman Empire.  And Alexandria had quite the tradition of learning - this is where the famous "great library" was.  There was also a significant Jewish population, which had already been trying to figure out how the tradition of Israel fit with Hellenistic culture in figures like Philo.

And the Church joined in this process too, setting up a catechetical school to teach Christianity to the world there.  Two early leaders of this school are featured in the collection Alexandrian Christianity, available in the Universal Digital Library at http://archive.org/details/alexandrianchris012826mbp .  Since PBB's do not work so well with multiple author datatypes, I have extracted the section of Clement of Alexandria from the larger work. and have created a PB.

This contains books 3 and 7 from Clement's Stromateis, or Miscellanies.  As the title suggests, they kind of wander around a bit, but the general topics are Christian Marriage for #3 and the goal for the Spiritual life in #7.  Clement spends more than a bit of time arguing against alternative (Gnostic) views, using his considerable knowledge of the Bible as well as Greek Classics.

Back when the ECF set was collected, they tended to hide talk about sex in the fathers by putting it in Latin instead of English, and so book 3 is Latin in the ECF set, but English here. So even if you have ECF, this is useful, if your English is better than your Latin.

As I said above, the text is from Universal Digital Library.  I have added tagging with the Clement of Alexandria datatype, as well as links to Plato, Philo, and many others.  There is room for more links to be added to this to other works of Clement as well as Origen, but I figure it is good enough to go.

SDG,

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Milford Charles Murray | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 22 2013 6:20 PM

Kenneth McGuire:

As the church grew, it had to deal with pagan culture.  While Church History is filled with heretical examples where people brought in pagan ideas uncritically, it is hard to say that the World that God created and called very good, where the heavens declare the glory of God is completely unaware of ANYTHING, even if Jesus came to this world and the world did not know him.  And so the "culture wars" go back as long as the church has. 

Alexandria was one of the biggest melting pots of ideas in the Roman Empire.  And Alexandria had quite the tradition of learning - this is where the famous "great library" was.  There was also a significant Jewish population, which had already been trying to figure out how the tradition of Israel fit with Hellenistic culture in figures like Philo.

And the Church joined in this process too, setting up a catechetical school to teach Christianity to the world there.  Two early leaders of this school are featured in the collection Alexandrian Christianity, available in the Universal Digital Library at http://archive.org/details/alexandrianchris012826mbp .  Since PBB's do not work so well with multiple author datatypes, I have extracted the section of Clement of Alexandria from the larger work. and have created a PB.

Peace to you, Ken!                         I thank you and I thank our Gracious God for you!                For your "sharings" with us, especially, for your scholarship and for you as an historian.  You are indeed much appreciated; and, frankly, now and again I talk to our Heavenly Father in Jesus' Holy Name in prayer for you and your loved ones and your welfare.

            In behalf of your brothers and sisters on these Logos Forums, thank you again!          *smile*    

                                    I look forward to studying this PB!

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Anthony H | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 22 2013 6:29 PM

Wow Ken McGuire.

 

What a blessing. Thank you.

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Robert M. Warren | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 22 2013 6:30 PM

Milford Charles Murray:
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HansK | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 23 2013 3:18 PM

Great addition! Thank you very much.

How would you suggest us to name it in Logos when compiling the file?

And, do you have a picture?

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HansK | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 23 2013 3:21 PM

I found one:

 

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fgh | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 23 2013 11:43 PM

Thanks.

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George | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 30 2013 9:51 AM

Thank you!

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Thank you!

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After seeing the IVP Dictionary update with all the added tagging, I found out how to link to Tatian.  In looking at this file, I found a typo, one chapter of paragraphs with the wrong chapter number, and lots of potential new links - a couple Tatian, lots of other Clement, some Hippolytus, a couple more Tertullian, and a few Origen.  Anyway, it was more than enough for an update.

SDG

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Milford Charles Murray | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 17 2013 10:15 PM

Peace, Ken!           *smile*                     Got it!                   and ...    Thank you very kindly!                 Couldn't sleep so thought I'd do something useful with my time, so this is "good timing" for me!

                                                                                                                Blessings to you in your life!

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 18 2013 8:58 PM

Thanks Ken

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L.A. | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 3 2014 2:16 PM

Thanks again and again, Ken! 

Your tagging helps me to compile the German versions from the BKV (Bibliothek der Kirchenväter). I hope I'll get enough time as I wish ;-)

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