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Apology - Tertullian

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Introductory Note.

Chapter I. Translated by the Rev.à

Chapter II. If, again, it is certain that we are the most wicked of menà

Chapter III. What are we to think of it, that most people so blindly knock their headsà

Chapter IV. And so, having made these remarks as it were by way of prefaceà

Chapter V. To say a word about the origin of laws of the kind to which weà

Chapter VI. I would now have these most religious protectors and vindicators of the laws and institutionsà

Chapter VII. Monsters of wickedness, we are accused of observing a holy rite in which we killà

Chapter VIII. See now, we set before you the reward of these enormities.à

Chapter IX. That I may refute more thoroughly these charges, I will show that in part openlyà

Chapter X. |You do not worship the gods,| you say; |and you do not offer sacrifices forà

Chapter XI. And since, as you dare not deny that these deities of yours once were menà

Chapter XII. But I pass from these remarks, for I know and I am going to showà

Chapter XIII. |But they are gods to us,| you say.à

Chapter XIV. I wish now to review your sacred rites; and I pass no censure on yourà

Chapter XV. Others of your writers, in their wantonness, even minister to your pleasures by vilifying theà

Chapter XVI. For, like some others, you are under the delusion that our god is an ass'sà

Chapter XVII. The object of our worship is the One Godà

Chapter XVIII. But, that we might attain an ampler and more authoritative knowledge at once of Himselfà

Chapter XIX. Their high antiquity, first of all, claims authority for these writings.à

Chapter XX. To make up for our delay in this, we bring under your notice something ofà

Chapter XXI. But having asserted that our religion is supported by the writings of the Jewsà

Chapter XXII. And we affirm indeed the existence of certain spiritual essencesà

Chapter XXIII. Moreover, if sorcerers call forth ghosts, and even make what seem the souls of theà

Chapter XXIV. This whole confession of these beings, in which they declare that they are not godsà

Chapter XXV. I think I have offered sufficient proof upon the question of FALSE and TRUE divinityà

Chapter XXVI. Examine then, and see if He be not the dispenser of kingdomsà

Chapter XXVII. Enough has been said in these remarks to confute the charge of treason against yourà

Chapter XXVIII. But as it was easily seen to be unjust to compel freemen against their willà

Chapter XXIX. Let it be made clear, then, first of allà

Chapter XXX. For we offer prayer for the safety of our princes to the eternalà

Chapter XXXI. But we merely, you say, flatter the emperor, and feign these prayers of ours toà

Chapter XXXII. There is also another and a greater necessity for our offering prayer in behalf ofà

Chapter XXXIII. But why dwell longer on the reverence and sacred respect of Christians to the emperorà

Chapter XXXIV. Augustus, the founder of the empire, would not even have the title Lordà

Chapter XXXV. This is the reason, then, why Christians are counted public enemiesà

Chapter XXXVI. If it is the fact that men bearing the name of Romans are found toà

Chapter XXXVII. If we are enjoined, then, to love our enemiesà

Chapter XXXVIII. Ought not Christians, therefore, to receive not merely a somewhat milder treatmentà

Chapter XXXIX. I shall at once go on, then, to exhibit the peculiarities of the Christian societyà

Chapter XL. On the contrary, they deserve the name of faction who conspire to bring odium onà

Chapter XLI. You, therefore, are the sources of trouble in human affairsà

Chapter XLII. But we are called to account as harm-doers on another groundà

Chapter XLIII. I will confess, however, without hesitation, that there are some who in a sense mayà

Chapter XLIV. Yes, and no one considers what the loss is to the common wealà

Chapter XLV. We, then, alone are without crime.à

Chapter XLVI. We have sufficiently met, as I think, the accusation of the various crimes on theà

Chapter XLVII. Unless I am utterly mistaken, there is nothing so old as the truthà

Chapter XLVIII. Come now, if some philosopher affirms, as Laberius holdsà

Chapter XLIX. These are what are called presumptuous speculations in our case aloneà

Chapter L. In that case, you say, why do you complain of our persecutions? You ought ratherà


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