Frases de Lactâncio
Data de nascimento: 250
Data de falecimento: 320
Outros nomes: Lattanzio
Lucio Célio Firmiano Lactâncio foi um autor entre os primeiros cristãos que se tornou um conselheiro do primeiro imperador romano cristão, Constantino I, guiando sua política religiosa que começava a se desenvolver e sendo o tutor de seu filho.
„But all Scripture is divided into two Testaments. That which preceded the advent and passion of Christ—that is, the law and the prophets—is called the Old; but those things which were written after His resurrection are named the New Testament. The Jews make use of the Old, we of the New.“
Book IV, Chap. XX
„Man only is endowed with wisdom so as to understand religion, and this is the principal if not the only difference betwixt him and dumb animals; for other things that seem peculiar to him, though they are not the same in them, yet they appear to be alike … What is there more peculiar to man than reason, and foresight? Yet there are animals which make several different ways of retiring from their dens; that when in danger they may escape; which without understanding and forethought they could not do. Others make provision for the future.“
De Ira Dei (c. 313), Chap. VII; as quoted in Pierre Bayle, Historical and Critical Dictionary (1697), London, 1737, Vol. 4, Chap. Rorarius, [https://books.google.it/books?id=JmtXAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA903 p. 903].