SELECTIONS FROM EARLY CHRISTIAN WRITERS: ILLUSTRATIVE OF CHURCH HISTORY TO THE TIME OF CONSTANTINE by Henry Melvill Gwatkin, M.A. First Edition, Macmillan & Co., Ltd., 1893. Reprinted with additions and corrections, 1897, 1902, 1905. Prepared for katapi by Paul Ingram, 2013.
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LI. ORIGEN, c Cels.iii.49.


The Gospel not specially addressed to Fools


Ψεῦδος δὲ καὶ τὸ μόνους ἠλιθίους καὶ ἀγεννεῖς καὶ ἀναισθήτους καὶ ἀνδράποδα καὶ γύναια καὶ παιδάρια πείθειν ἐθέλειν τοὺς διδάσκοντας τὸν θεῖον λόγον· καὶ τούτους μὲν γὰρ καλεῖ ὁ λόγος, ἵνα αὐτοὺς βελτιώσῃ· καλεῖ δὲ καὶ τοὺς πολλῷ τούτων διαφέροντας· ἐπεὶ «σωτήρ ἐστιν πάντων ἀνθρώπων» ὁ Χριστὸς καὶ «μάλιστα πιστῶν», εἴτε συνετῶν εἴτε ἁπλουστέρων.

That again is false, that it is 'only simpletons and low people, and stupid, and slaves, and womenkind, and children,' whom the teachers of the Divine word desire to persuade. For though the word does call these, that it may make them better, yet it also calls those who are much better than these, since the Christ is the Saviour of all men, and specially of such as believe, whether prudent or simple.


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