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Celsus on Christianity - a detractor with a constructive agenda: a response to Loveday Alexander

Lossl, Josef 2021. Celsus on Christianity - a detractor with a constructive agenda: a response to Loveday Alexander. In: Paget, James Carleton and Gathercole, Simon eds. Celsus in His World: Philosophy, Polemic, and Religion in the Second Century, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 288-296. (10.1017/9781108957861)

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Abstract

This article responds to Loveday Alexander's chapter, 'The Gospel According to Celsus: Celsus' Representation of Christianity', on pp. 254-287 of this volume. It covers mainly the two main sections of the chapter, 1) Celsus' representation of Christianity as a social phenomenon, and 2) Celsus' discussion of Christianity's teachings, myths and beliefs. It concludes - by and large agreeing with Alexander - that although Celsus' work is strongly polemical and takes ultimately a negative view of Christianity, it nevertheless is constructive in its criticism and betrays a positive theological agenda of its own.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108832441
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2022 14:45
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/147359

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