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Against Celsus Book 3

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Against Celsus Book 3, written by Origen of Alexandria, is a fascinating and thought-provoking defense of Christianity against the criticisms of the ancient philosopher Celsus. Origen meticulously dismantles Celsus's arguments, showcasing his deep knowledge of both Christian scripture and Greek philosophy.

One of the strengths of the book is Origen's thorough approach to refuting Celsus's claims. He addresses each of Celsus's arguments with logic and evidence, demonstrating the intellectual rigor of early Christian thinkers. Origen's writing is clear and persuasive, making his points accessible to readers of all backgrounds.

Additionally, the book offers valuable insights into the early Christian response to critics and the ways in which they sought to defend their faith. Origen's defense of Christianity is not just a reaction to external attacks, but a confident affirmation of the truth of Christian teachings.

Overall, Against Celsus Book 3 is a compelling read for anyone interested in early Christian theology and the intellectual history of Christianity. Origen's arguments are compelling and his insights are still relevant today.

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Against Celsus, preserved entirely in Greek, is a major apologetics work by the Church Father Origen of Alexandria, written in around 248 AD, countering the writings of Celsus, a pagan philosopher and controversialist who had written a scathing attack on Christianity in his treatise "The True Word". Among a variety of other charges, Celsus had denounced many Christian doctrines as irrational and criticized Christians themselves as uneducated, deluded, unpatriotic, close-minded towards reason, and too accepting of sinners. He had accused Jesus of performing his miracles using black magic rather than actual divine powers and of plagiarizing his teachings from Plato. Celsus had warned that Christianity itself was drawing people away from traditional religion and claimed that its growth would lead to a collapse of traditional, conservative values. - Summary by Wikipedia

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