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QUINTUS SEPTIMIUS FLORENS TERTULLIAN
Carthaginian ecclesiastic
(c. 150 - 230 BC)

I believe it because it is absurd.
  [Lat., Credo quia absurdum est.]
      - "Credo Quia Absurdum" is motto of the organization, E Clampus Vitus
        [Belief : Mottoes]

It is better to keep children to their duty, by a sense of honor, and by kindness, than by fear and punishment.
      - [Children]

Let women paint their eyes with tints of chastity, insert into their ears the word of God, tie the yoke of Christ around their necks, and adorn their whole persons with the silk of sanctity and the damask of devotion.
      - [Chastity : Dress]

Patience ornaments the woman and proves the man.
      - [Patience]

We worship unity in trinity, and trinity in union; 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.
      - [God]

See how these Christians love one another.
  [Lat., Vide, inquiunt ut invicem se diligant.]
      - Apologeticus (ch. XXIX) [Christianity]

They converse as those who know that God hears.
  [Lat., Ita fabulantur ut qui sciant Dominum audire.]
      - Apologeticus (p. 36), (Ed. Rigalt)
        [Conversation]

The fact is certain because it is impossible.
  [Lat., Certum est quia impossibile est.]
      - De Carne Christi (ch. V, pt. II),
        called "Tertullian's rule of faith"
        [Impossibility]

But overlooking the divine exhortations, they act rather upon that Greek verse of worldly significance, "He who flees will fight again," and that perhaps to betake himself again to fight.
  [Lat., Sed omissis quidem divinis exhortationibus illum magis Graecum versiculum secularis sententiae sibi adhibent, "Qui fugiebat, rursus proeliabitur:" ut et rursus forsitan fugiat.]
      - De Fuga in Persecutione (ch. 10) [War]

Written as with a sunbeam.
      - De Resurrectione Carnis (ch. XLVII) [Sun]


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