E-mail Tertullian was a man of fiery temperament, great talent, and unrelenting purpose.
It can only be conjectured that he was born between a. He was born at Carthage Hieron. Tertullian received a good education Apol. In after-life he recalled his school studies in Homer ad Nat. He spoke and composed in Greek, but his Greek writings are lost. He studied the systems of the philosophers if he mocked and hated the men cf.
Possibly destined for state-official life, he was celebrated for his knowledge of Roman law Eus. He was probably attracted to Christianity by complex irresistible and converging forces: The constancy of the Christians in times of persecution staggered him.
He knew men who began by denouncing such "obstinacy," and ended in embracing the belief which dictated it Apol. Demons confessed the superiority of the new faith Apol. These facts led him to examine the faith which seemed to promise a foothold which no philosophical system furnished.
It was illustrated by a life of holiness and humility—that of its Founder, the Just One—in contrast with which the life of the Cynic and the Stoic sickened him.
His conversion took place c. Carthage was his home and usual dwelling-place de Pallio, c. He was married but childless cf. He probably exercised his presbyterate at Carthage and not at Rome.
In middle age c. He became the head of the Montanist party in Africa—a party which existed till the 5th cent. Expiring polytheism and ancient philosophy were confronted by a new philosophy and a nascent faith. From one quarter only of the empire was the comparative peacefulness noticeable elsewhere absent.
In Africa persecution, sharp, short, fitful, and frequent, marked the reign of Septimius Severus and the most active period of Tertullian's life. It is stamped in letters of blood upon his pages. The church in Africa has no historian before Tertullian, though its foundation is placed, with much probability, at the end of cent.
By the end of cent. They were fully organized and had their bishops, priests, deacons, places of assembly, and cemeteries. Immunity from the wholesale decimation which had befallen, by imperial command cf.
But the tempest broke upon the African church at last. Facts connected with the persecutions can be followed in those writings of Tertullian which all critics place between a.Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus, anglicised as Tertullian (c.
– c. AD), was a prolific early Christian author from Carthage in the Roman province of Africa. He is the first Christian author to produce an extensive corpus of Latin Christian literature. He also was a notable early Christian apologist and a polemicist against heresy/5(79).
Tertullian (/ t ər ˈ t ʌ l i ə n /), full name Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus, c. – c. AD, was a prolific early Christian author from Carthage in the Roman province of Africa. Of Berber origin, he was the first Christian author to produce an extensive corpus of Latin Christian literature.
He also was an early Christian apologist and a polemicist . Tertullian, Latin in full Quintus Septimus Florens Tertullianus, (born c. , /, Carthage [now in Tunisia]—died after , Carthage), important early Christian theologian, polemicist, and moralist who, as the initiator of ecclesiastical Latin, was instrumental in shaping the vocabulary and thought of Western Christianity.
Quintus Septimus Florens Tertullianus was born in Carthage to pagan parents, but became a Christian at some point before AD According to Jerome 1 and Eusebius 2 he trained as a lawyer in Rome.
Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus: “Fiery” Father of the Church Tertullian is one of the most quotable, and often misquoted, Church Fathers. As a polemicist, Tertullian uses his gift for delivering the penetrating phrase that lingers in the memory long after the .
Tertullian (/ t ər ˈ t ʌ l i ə n /; full name Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus; c. – c. AD) was a prolific early Christian author from Carthage in the Roman province of Africa. Of Berber origin, he was the first Christian author to produce an extensive corpus of Latin Christian literature.