Λόγος Ἀληθής

Λόγος Ἀληθής (The True Word)

by Κέλσος

Celsus wrote his work The True Word as a polemic against the Christians in approximately AD 178, or generally between AD 170 and 180. Celsus divided the work into two sections, the one in which objections are put in the mouth of a Jewish interlocutor and the other in which Celsus speaks as the pagan philosopher that he is.

Celsus ridiculed Christians for what he perceived to be an advocacy of blind faith instead of reason. About 60 years after it was first published, the book written by Celsus inspired a massive refutation by Origen (Ὠριγένης) in Contra Celsum, which is our source of knowledge for Celsus, who was later condemned along with other critics such as Porphyry.

Data

  • Year: 178 A.D.
  • Original language: Anciant Greek

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