Origen Against Celsus by Origen
Chapter XXXIX. I do not think it necessary to grapple with an argument advanced not in aà
I do not think it necessary to grapple with an argument advanced not in a serious but in a scoffing spirit, such as the following: |If the mother of Jesus was beautiful, then the god whose nature is not to love a corruptible body, had intercourse with her because she was beautiful;| or, |It was improbable that the god would entertain a passion for her, because she was neither rich nor of royal rank, seeing no one, even of her neighbours, knew her.| And it is in the same scoffing spirit that he adds: |When hated by her husband, and turned out of doors, she was not saved by divine power, nor was her story believed. Such things,| he says, |have no connection with the kingdom of heaven.| In what respect does such language differ from that of those who pour abuse on others on the public streets, and whose words are unworthy of any serious attention?