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Origen, Contra Celsum (3.44)

“Thereupon Celsus, inveighs against some things said against the teaching of Jesus by a few who are considered as Christians – not sensible, but requiring more learning. He says that they demand, ‘Let no one educated, no one wise, no one with good judgment come forth. Those qualities are accounted as evils among us. But if someone is stupid, lacking reason, uneducated, like a child, then let them boldly come forth.’ They agree that such people are worthy of their god on that account, and it is clear that they both wish and are able to convince only the idle, the low born, the senseless, the slaves, little girls, and little boys.”

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Εἶθ’ ἑξῆς τούτοις ὁ Κέλσος τὰ ὑπὸ ὀλίγων πάνυ παρὰ τὴν διδασκαλίαν ᾿Ιησοῦ λεγόμενα νομιζομένων Χριστιανῶν, οὐ φρονιμωτέρων, ὡς οἴεται, ἀλλ’ μαθεστάτων, φέρων φησὶ τοιαῦτα ὑπ’ αὐτῶν προστάσσεσθαι· μηδεὶς προσίτω πεπαιδευμένος, μηδεὶς σοφός, μηδεὶς φρόνιμος· κακὰ γὰρ ταῦτα νομίζεται παρ’ ἡμῖν· ἀλλ’ εἴ τις ἀμαθής, εἴ τις ἀνόητος, εἴ τις ἀπαίδευτος, εἴ τις νήπιος, θαρρῶν ἡκέτω. Τούτους γὰρ ἀξίους εἶναι τοῦ σφετέρου θεοῦ αὐτόθεν ὁμολογοῦντες, δῆλοί εἰσιν ὅτι μόνους τοὺς ἠλιθίους καὶ ἀγεννεῖς καὶ ἀναισθήτους καὶ ἀνδράποδα καὶ γύναια καὶ παιδάρια πείθειν ἐθέλουσί τε καὶ δύνανται.

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