(Against Praxeas) Praxeas thought that the Father and the Son were so much the same that we could say that God the The identity of Praxeas is unknown. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Treatise against Praxeas is an important work of Tertullian which has for some years been readily available in English. : Against Praxeas (): Tertullian: Books.
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From Ante-Nicene FathersVol. In His address to Nicodemus He says: For they are not He Himself 1 whose they are said to be, but they are from Himself and belong to Himself.
The Divine Essence is the Thing at Issue. God existed alone at the beginning of the world, but He already carried His thought ratio, sensus within Himself; this is what the Greeks mean by Logos, agxinst the Latins have repre- sented by Sermo.
But if He had been merely the Son of God, I should never have deigned to tempt cf. For it was necessary that there should be both kites and heretics ; it was necessary also that the Father should be crucified. For although some- times a thing can come into being different from that through which it comes into being, yet nothing can come into being through that which is empty and vain.
For, without any detriment to the Sonit is quite possible for it to have rightly determined that God is only One, to whom the Son belongs; since He who has a Son ceases not on that account to exist — Himself being One only, that is, on His own account, whenever He is named without the Son. This statement is taken in a wrong sense by every uneducated as well as every perversely disposed person, as if it predicated a diversity, in such a sense as to imply a separation among the Fatherand the Sonand the Spirit.
The fact is, heresy has rather taken it from Truth, in order to mould it into its own counterfeit.
So some- how there is in you a second word, through which you speak when meditating and through which you meditate when speaking: My heart, says Praxeae, has emitted my most excellent Word. Another Class of Heretics Refuted.
Tertullian : Adversus Praxean
He gained some reputation in the metropolis for his exposure of the Montanist prophets, and would prxaeas be far from acceptable to an adherent of their praxes like Tertullian. Emil Kroymann for the fresh record of manuscript variants in his two editions Vienna, ; Tubingen, For what is fellow- sliffering but 2 to suffer along with another? Or was he speaking to the angels, as the Jews explain it, because they, like you, do not recognise the Son?
Therefore the Word is in flesh; while we must also enquire about this, how the Word was made flesh, whether as transformed into flesh or as having clothed himself with flesh. The Heathen Gods from Heathen Authorities. The Second Epistle to the Corinthians. For patriarchs are related to have seen God, as Abraham and Jacob, and prophets, as Isaiah, as Ezekiel, yet they did not die. For both in the gospels and in the apostles I discover God visible and invisible, with an evident personal distinction betwen these two qualities.
Baptism Not to Be Presumptously Received. For if I must be myself my son, who am also a father, I now cease to have a son, since I am my own son. But that tend- ency gained more and more power with Tertullian himself, and in his later works he accepts the doctrine of the new prophecy, and inaugurates the arbitrary rule of individual spiritual gifts, thus undermining the authority of the Old and New Testaments as well as that of the Church.
So also the Spirit of God, although 5 it might suffer in the Son, because it would not suffer in the Father, but in the Son, would not seem to have suffered as the Father. Barabbas Preferred to Jesus. But when ” many are depart- c f.
Some say that even Genesis in the Hebrew begins thus: Crudely expressed, his position was that the Father alone was God, and that all the experiences undergone by Jesus in His earthly life were undergone by the Father.
Now that which is God of Godalthough He is aganist actually existing thing, yet He cannot be God Himself exclusivelybut so far Xgainst as He is of the same substance as God Himself, and as being an actually existing thing, and as a portion of the Whole.
This economy arranges unity in trinity, regulating three, Sgainst, Son and Spirit three, however, not in unchangeable condition, but in rank ; not in substance, but in attitude ; not in office, but in appearance ; 3 but of one nature 4 and of one reality and of one power, because there is one God from whom these ranks and attitudes and appearances are derived in the name of Father and Son and Holy Spirit.
Of Putting Off Cloaks. The Lateness of the Revelation of Marcion’s God. Nothing belonging to a person will be the very person whose it is.