Posted by: sean | March 3, 2008

Clement of Alexandria: a.d. 195

Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. 2, p. 234
It is not war, but in peace, that we are trained.

Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. 2, p. 246
The Scythians, the Celts, the Iberians, and the Thracians are all warlike races. They are also greatly addicted to intoxication and think that drunkenness is an honorable, happy pursuit to engage in. But we, the people of peace, feast for lawful enjoyment, not to wantonness. We drink sober cups of friendship.

Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. 2, p. 249
The one instrument of peace is what we employ: the Word alone, by whom we honor God. We no longer use the ancient psaltery, trumpet, timbrel, and flute. For those who are expert in war are scorners of the fear of God were accustomed to make use of them.

Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. 2, p. 286
Let our seals be either a dove, a fish, or a ship scudding before the wind…If there is anyone fishing, he will remember the apostle, and the children drawn out of the water. We are not to draw an outline of…a sword or a bow, since we follow peace. Nor should we draw an outline of…drinking cups, since we are temperate.

Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. 2, p. 293
He bids us to “love our enemies, bless them who curse us, and pray for those who despitefully use us.” And he says: “If anyone strikes you on the one cheek, turn to him the other also; and if anyone takes away your coat, do not hinder him from taking your cloak also.”

Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. 2, p. 370
An enemy must be aided, so that he may not continue as an enemy. For by help, good feeling is compacted and enmity dissolved.

Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. 2, p. 420
We do not train our women like Amazons to manliness in war, for we wish even the men to be peaceable.

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