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“Clement of Alexandria on Philosophy and Christianity - Greek Text with English translation”
From Stromateis 1.5
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Hägg H. F.
Accordingly, before the advent of the Lord, philosophy was necessary to the
Greeks for righteousness. And now it becomes conducive to piety; being a kind of
preparatory training to those who attain to faith through demonstration. “For
thy foot,” it is said, “will not stumble, if thou refer what is good, whether
belonging to the Greeks or to us, to Providence.” For God is the cause of all
good things; but of some primarily, as of the Old and the New Testament; and of
others by consequence, as philosophy. Perchance, too, philosophy was given to
the Greeks directly and primarily, till the Lord should call the Greeks. For
this was a schoolmaster to bring “the Hellenic mind,” as the law, the Hebrews,
“to Christ.” Philosophy, therefore, was a preparation, paving the way for him
who is perfected in Christ.
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This is the original Greek text from Stromateis
Clement of Alexandria on Greek philosophy and Christianity.
Philosophy the handmaid of theology
Migne Greek Text
Patrologiae Graecae Cursus Completus
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