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CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA

CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA - EXHORTATION TO THE HEATHEN
CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA - THE INSTRUCTOR (PAEDAGOGUS) - BOOK I
CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA - THE INSTRUCTOR - BOOK II.
CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA - THE INSTRUCTOR - BOOK III
CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA - THE STROMATA, OR MISCELLANIES - BOOK I
CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA - THE STROMATA, OR MISCELLANIES - BOOK II
CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA - THE STROMATA, OR MISCELLANIES - BOOK III
CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA - THE STROMATA, OR MISCELLANIES - BOOK IV
CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA - THE STROMATA, OR MISCELLANIES - BOOK V
CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA - THE STROMATA, OR MISCELLANIES - BOOK VI
CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA - THE STROMATA, OR MISCELLANIES - BOOK VII
FRAGMENTS OF CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA
CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA - MORE FRAGMENTS
CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA - WHO IS THE RICH MAN THAT SHALL BE SAVED?


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CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA

Clement of Alexandria (Titus Flavius Clemens), was one of the most distinguished teachers of the patristic church. He was born about the middle of the 2nd century, and died between 211 and 216. Athens is named as his birthplace by the sixth-century Epiphanius Scholasticus, and this is supported by the classical quality of his Greek. His parents seem to have been wealthy pagans of some social standing. The thoroughness of his education is shown by his constant quotation of the Greek poets and philosophers. He traveled in Greece, Italy, Palestine, and finally Egypt. He became the colleague of Pantaenus, the head of the catechetical school of Alexandria, and finally succeeded him in the direction of the school. One of his most popular pupils was Origen. During the persecution of Septimius Severus (202 or 203) he sought refuge with Alexander, then bishop [possibly of Flaviada] in Cappadocia, afterward of Jerusalem, from whom he brought a letter to Antioch in 211.

The trilogy into which Clement's principal remains are connected by their purpose and mode of treatment is composed of the Protrepticus ("Exhortation to the Greeks"), the Paedagogus ("Instructor"), and the Stromata ("Miscellanies"). Clement for the first time attempted to set forth Christianity for the faithful in the traditional forms of secular literature.

The Protrepticus forms an introduction inviting the reader to listen, not to the mythical legends of the gods, but to the "new song" of the Logos, the beginning of all things and creator of the world. He denounces what he claims to be the folly of idolatry and the pagan mysteries, the shamefulness of the pederastic practices of the Greeks, and the horrors of pagan sacrifice, and argues that the Greek philosophers and poets only guessed at the truth, while the prophets set forth a direct way to salvation; and now the divine Logos speaks in his own person, to awaken all that is good in the soul of man and to lead it to immortality.

Having thus laid a foundation in the knowledge of divine truth, he goes on in the Paedagogus to develop a Christian ethic. For Clement the real “Instructor” is the incarnate Logos -- Jesus Christ The first book deals with the religious basis of Christian morality, the second and third with the individual cases of conduct. True virtue shows itself with him in its external evidences by a natural, simple, and moderate way of living.

The Stromata goes further and aims at the perfection of the Christian life by initiation into complete knowledge. The first of these works is addressed to the unconverted, the second to the new Christian, and the third appeals to the mature believer. It attempts, on the basis of Scripture and tradition, to give such an account of the Christian faith as shall answer all the demands of learned men, and conduct the student into the innermost realities of his belief. Clement entitled this work Stromateis, "patchwork," because it dealt with such a variety of matters. He intended to make but one book of this; at least seven grew out of it, without his having treated all the subjects proposed. The absence of certain things definitely promised has led scholars to ask whether he wrote an eighth book. Various attempts have been made to identify with it short or fragmentary treatises.

Besides the great trilogy, the only complete work preserved is the treatise "Who is the Rich Man that Shall Be Saved?" based on Mark 10:17-31, and laying down the principle that not the possession of riches but their misuse is to be condemned. There are also extant fragments of the treatise on the Passover, against the Quartodecimanism position of Melito of Sardis, and only a single passage from the "Ecclesiastical Canon" against the Judaizers. Several other works are known only by their titles.

The significance of Clement of Alexandria in the history of the development of doctrine is that he knew how to replace the apologetic method by the constructive or systematic, to turn the simple church tradition into a scientific dogmatic theology. It is a marked characteristic of his that he sees only superficial and transient disagreement where others find a fundamental opposition. He is able to reconcile, or even to fuse, differing views to an extent that makes it almost impossible to attribute to him a definite individual system. He is admittedly an eclectic (Stromata, i. 37). This attitude determines especially his treatment of non-Christian philosophy. He shows exhaustively that the philosophers owe a large part of their knowledge to the writings of the Old Testament, yet he seems to express his own personal conviction when he describes philosophy as a direct operation of the divine Logos, working through it as well as through the law and his direct revelation in the Gospel to communicate the truth to men. It is true that the knowledge of the philosophers was elementary, fragmentary, and incapable of imparting true righteousness; and it was far surpassed by the revelation given through the law and the prophets, as that again was still further surpassed by the direct revelation of the incarnate Logos; but this idea of relative inferiority does not prevent him from showing that his whole mental attitude is determined and dominated by the philosophical tradition.

Thus he emphasizes the permanent importance of philosophy for the fulness of Christian knowledge, explains with special predilection the relation between knowledge and faith, and sharply criticizes those who are unwilling to make any use of philosophy. In fact, Christianity is the true philosophy, and the perfect Christian the true Gnostic -- but again only the "Gnostic according to the canon of the Church" has this distinction. Also, he rejects the Gnostic distinction of "psychic" and "pneumatic" men; all are alike destined to perfection if they will embrace it.

Though he uses the apocryphal Gospels, the four canonical Gospels alone have supreme authority for him. For the other New Testament writings he seems not to have had as definite a line of demarcation; but whatever he recognized as of apostolic origin had for him an authority distinct from, and higher than, that of all other ecclesiastical tradition.


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