Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus

Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus
Birth 155/165
Death 220

Christian philosopher and writer, who made huge contribution to patristics (the collected teachings of the Church Fathers). He was the first to substantiate claims about the Trinity and Latin theology, and fought fiercely against pagan cults and Marcionist Gnosticism. He left one other huge legacy by fashioning the church’s negative attitude to women, whom he considered to be the root of evil and the primary cause of the Fall. He held that true believers only find true joy in God, not in sensual pleasure and women. And now for the most important bit, the reason Tertullianus made history: he refused to accept any allegorical interpretation of the Bible whatsoever, and insisted that it should be interpreted literally. The more illogical and absurd it seems, the more faith pays off.

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