Publisher description for On the true doctrine : a discourse against the Christians / Celsus ; translated with a general introduction by R. Joseph Hoffmann.
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The works of many early critics of the Christian church were burned by ruling emperors or otherwise destroyed in the second and third centuries, but the writings of the Greek pagan philosopher, Celsus, have survived indirectly through his eloquent opponent Origen of Alexandria. In his apologetical treatise, Contra Celsum, Origen argues against the ideas set forth by Celsus and quotes from Celsus' The True Doctrine at length. Through this treatise, Celsus has come to represent the detached pagan voice of the ages. In this translation, Professor Hoffmann has, for the first time, painstakingly reconstructed the main order of the philosopher's argument. Celsus' discourse shows him to be an eclectic philosopher--a dabbler in various schools of thought, including Platonism and Stoicism, and a student of the history and religious customs of many nations. Hoffman supplements this definitive translation with an informative introduction, summarizing Celsus' premises and placing the identity of Celsus in its historical context.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Christianity -- Controversial literature -- Early works to 1800.
Christianity and other religions -- Roman -- Early works to 1800.
Rome -- Religion -- Early works to 1800.
Church history -- Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600.