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574Book VI.

Chapter I.

In beginning this our sixth book, we desire, my reverend Ambrosius, to answer in it those accusations which Celsus brings against the Christians, not, as might be supposed, those objections which he has adduced from writers on philosophy.  For he has quoted a considerable number of passages, chiefly from Plato, and has placed alongside of these such declarations of holy Scripture as are fitted to impress even the intelligent mind; subjoining the assertion that “these things are stated much better among the Greeks (than in the Scriptures), and in a manner which is free from all exaggerations42794279    ἀνατάσεως. and promises on the part of God, or the Son of God.”  Now we maintain, that if it is the object of the ambassadors of the truth to confer benefits upon the greatest possible number, and, so far as they can, to win over to its side, through their love to men, every one without exception—intelligent as well as simple—not Greeks only, but also Barbarians (and great, indeed, is the humanity which should succeed in converting the rustic and the ignorant42804280    πολὺ δὲ τὸ ἥμερον ἐὰν…οἷος τέ τις γένηται ἐπιστρέφειν.), it is manifest that they must adopt a style of address fitted to do good to all, and to gain over to them men of every sort.  Those, on the other hand, who turn away42814281    πολλὰ χαίρειν φράσαντες. from the ignorant as being mere slaves,42824282    ἀνδραπόδοις. and unable to understand the flowing periods of a polished and logical discourse, and so devote their attention solely to such as have been brought up amongst literary pursuits,42834283    καὶ μὴ οἷοί τε κατακούειν τῆς ἐν φράσει λόγων καὶ τάξει ἀπαγγελλομένων ἀκολουθίας, μόνων ἐφρόντισαν τῶν ἀνατραφέντων ἐν λόγοις καὶ μαθήυασιν. confine their views of the public good within very strait and narrow limits.


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