Tertullian- On Matthew 10: 28

(from On the Resurrection of the Flesh, c. 210 A.D.)   But He [Christ] also teaches us, that “He is rather to be feared, who is able to destroy both body and soul in hell,” that is, the Lord alone; “not those which kill the body, but are not able to hurt the soul,” that…

Tertullian- Against the Allegorizers

(from On the Resurrection of the Flesh, c. 210 A.D.) Some, when they have lighted on a very usual form of prophetic statement, generally expressed in figure and allegory, though not always, distort into some imaginary sense even the most clearly described doctrine of the resurrection of the dead, alleging that even death itself must…

St. Gregory of Nyssa- On the Resurrection

(from On the Soul and the Resurrection, 380 A.D.) It seems to me that the words of the Apostle in every respect harmonize with our own conception of what the Resurrection is. They indicate the very same thing that we have embodied in our own definition of it, wherein we said that the Resurrection is…

Tertullian- On the Rule of Faith

(from Prescription Against Heretics, c. 197 A.D.) Now, with regard to this rule of faith–that we may from this point acknowledge what it is which we defend–it is, you must know, that which prescribes the belief that there is one only God, and that He is none other than the Creator of the world, who…

Tertullian- Heresy and Historicity

(from Prescription Against Heretics, c. 197 A.D.) Grant, then, that all have erred; that the apostle was mistaken in giving his testimony; that the Holy Ghost had no such respect to any one (church) as to lead it into truth, although sent with this view by Christ, and for this asked of the Father that…

Tertullian- How Heresy Operates

(from Prescription Against Heretics, c. 197 A.D.) Now this heresy of yours does not receive certain Scriptures; and whichever of them it does receive, it perverts by means of additions and diminutions, for the accomplishment of it own purpose; and such as it does receive, it receives not in their entirety; but even when it…

Tertullian- Heretics Not Permitted to Argue From the Scriptures

(from Prescription Against Heretics, c. 197 A.D.) “But even though they have their tenets and their belief, they still say that inquiry is necessary in order to discussion. Previous, however, to the discussion, they deny what they confess not yet to have believed, so long as they keep it an object of inquiry. When men,…