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Chapter XIII.

Celsus, moreover, assumes that sun, and moon, and stars are regarded by us as of no account.  Now, with regard to these, we acknowledge that they too are “waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God,” being for the present subjected to the “vanity” of their material bodies, “by reason of Him who has subjected the same in hope.”41244124    Cf. Rom. viii. 19–21.  But if Celsus had read the innumerable other passages where we speak of sun, moon, and stars, and especially these,—“Praise Him, all ye stars, and thou, O light,” and, “Praise Him, ye heaven of heavens,”41254125    Cf. Ps. cxlviii. 3, 4.—he would not have said of us that we regard such mighty beings, which “greatly praise” the Lord God, as of no account.  Nor did Celsus know the passage:  “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.  For the creature was made subject to 549vanity, not willingly, but by reason of Him who hath subjected the same in hope; because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.”41264126    Cf. Rom. viii. 19–21.  And with these words let us terminate our defence against the charge of not worshipping sun, moon, and stars.  And let us now bring forward those statements of his which follow, that we may, God willing, address to him in reply such arguments as shall be suggested by the light of truth.

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