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Tertuliano

Data de nascimento: 155
Data de falecimento: 230
Outros nomes: Tertullianus

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Tertuliano foi um prolífico autor das primeiras fases do Cristianismo, nascido em Cartago na província romana da África. Ele foi o primeiro autor cristão a produzir uma obra literária em latim. Ele também foi um notável apologista cristão e um polemista contra a heresia.

Embora conservador, ele organizou e avançou a nova teologia da Igreja antiga. Ele é talvez mais famoso por ser o autor mais antigo cuja obra sobreviveu a utilizar o termo "Trindade" [a] e por nos dar a mais antiga exposição formal ainda existente sobre a teologia trinitária. É um dos Padres latinos.

Algumas das ideias de Tertuliano não eram aceitáveis para os ortodoxos e, no fim de sua vida, ele se tornou um montanista.

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„It is to be believed because it is absurd.“

—  Tertullian
Variant translations It is by all means to be believed, because it is absurd. It is is entirely credible, because it is inept. It is certain because it is impossible. De Carne Christi 5.4 Often paraphrased or misquoted as "Credo quia absurdum." Also paraphrased as "It is so extraordinary that it must be true." Two lines from De Carne Christi have often become conflated into the statement: "Credo quia impossibile" (I believe it because it is impossible), which can be perceived as a distortion of the actual arguments that Tertullian was making.

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„Man is one name belonging to every nation upon earth. In them all is one soul though many tongues.“

—  Tertullian
Context: Man is one name belonging to every nation upon earth. In them all is one soul though many tongues. Every country has its own language, yet the subjects of which the untutored soul speaks are the same everywhere. De Testimonio Animae (The Testimony of the Soul), 6.3

„You can judge the quality of their faith from the way they behave. Discipline is an index to doctrine.“

—  Tertullian
Context: Notorious, too, are the dealings of heretics with swarms of magicians and charlatans and astrologers and philosophers — all, of course, devotees of speculation. You can judge the quality of their faith from the way they behave. Discipline is an index to doctrine. The Prescriptions Against the Heretics as translated by Stanley Lawrence Greenslade, in Early Latin Theology: Selections from Tertullian, Cyprian, Ambrose, and Jerome (1956), p. 63

„We worship unity in trinity, and trinity in unity; neither confounding the person nor dividing the substance.“

—  Tertullian
Context: We worship unity in trinity, and trinity in unity; neither confounding the person nor dividing the substance. There is one person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost; but the Godhead of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one; the glory equal, the majesty co-eternal. As quoted in Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895) edited by Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, p. 285

„I shall dispel one empty story by another.“

—  Tertullian
Variant translation: I must dispel vanity with vanity. Adversus Marcionem, IV.30.3

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