Thursday, May 5, 2022


TERTULLIAN (Roman Berber, c. 155-220 CE)

Tertullian (Septimius Florens Tertullianus) was a prolific early Christian author from Carthage in Roman Africa. His over 30 authentic Latin works (plus several more considered spurious) are the earliest major corpus in that language. As the first writer in Latin known to use the term "trinity," he has been called "the founder of Western theology" (though he is also known to have written at least three books in Greek). His works mainly focused on apologetics and polemics against contemporary heresies. Ironically, he was never recognized as a saint east or west because he sometimes deviated from orthodox doctrines and in the end embraced Montanism, a sect considered heretical because it accepted the continued revelation of new prophecies via the Holy Spirit. No matter how important he was as an ecclesiastical writer, no one considers him a Church father.


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