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Chapter XV.

Commodianus,25962596    Flourished about 270. There is wide variety of opinion respecting this date, some placing as early as 250 and some nearly one hundred years later. while he was engaged in secular literature read also our writings and, finding opportunity, accepted the faith. Having become a Christian thus and wishing to offer the fruit of his studies to Christ the author of his salvation, he wrote, in barely tolerable semi-versified language, Against the pagans, and because he was very little acquainted with our literature he was better able to overthrow their [doctrine] than to establish ours. Whence also, contending against them concerning the divine counterpromises, he discoursed in a sufficiently wretched and so to speak, gross fashion, to their stupefaction and our despair. Following Tertullian, Lactantius and Papias as authorities he adopted and incul389cated in his students good ethical principles and especially a voluntary love of poverty.


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