Information on celsus celsus wrote his work true discourse (or, true reason) as a polemic against the christians in approximately 178 cecelsus divided the work into two sections, the one in which objections are put in the mouth of a jewish interlocutor and the other in which celsus speaks as the pagan philosopher that he is. It were indeed to be desired, that all the accusers of christianity were equally ignorant with celsus, not only of the facts, but of the bare letter of scripture, and would so direct their assaults against it, that their arguments might not have the least available influence in shaking, i do not say the faith, but the little faith of unstable. This argument that celsus is referring to the logical progression from judaism to christianity, is flawed precisely because the assumption that underlies it is that judaism was just another religion and that therefore the ‘believers’ merely changed religions, which undermines the argument as it presumes that celsus views judaism as an. Celsus's work may be divided as follows: a preface, an attack on christianity from the point of view of judaism, an attack on christianity from the point of view of philosophy, a refutation of christian teachings in detail, and an appeal to christians to adopt paganism. Celsus maintains the position of a steadfast relativist (if that is not a contradiction in terms) and part of his animus against christianity involves christianity’s rigidly exclusive – therefore non-relativistic – claims.
The project gutenberg ebook of arguments of celsus, porphyry, and the emperor julian, against the christians, by thomas taylor this ebook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. Celsus is not going to court against christians, and origen does not defend christians, let alone himself, in court against celsus but, for a simple reason, the analogy of a response in court, and hence this derivative use of apologia, is pressed on origen. The attack on christian missionary practice continues celsus’s argument that christianity represents a revolt against accepted practices and canons of authority celsus views conversion to christianity as a profoundly antisocial act.
Understanding against celsus, the pagan-christian distinction is not the only aid that could be applied additionally, origen’s arguments against celsus focus on what celsus actually asserts rather than depending on a false picture of celsus’ viewpoints on occasion, origen even writes. Celsus mounts his attack against christianity, but none of his arguments were able to stop the truth of christianity from spreading across the celsus ends up providing lots of corroborating evidence for christianity, useful to us today. Celsus 4 arguments against christianity misty fleming paper 1 the first of 4 arguments i believe to be of importance is that of the virgin birth jesus claims to be born of a virgin in the town of bethlehem it was said that jesus was born to a virgin and god himself when it was time for mary to give birth she and her husband set off to.
In celsus' on the true doctrine, i believe that there are four arguments of celsus against christianity that, in my view, best represent the roman philosophical world-view and values the first of the four arguments i believe to be of importance is that of the virgin birth. “celsus’ arguments against the truth of the bible,” studia patristica vol 65: papers presented at the sixteenth international conference on patristic studies held in ox- ford 2011 , ed markus vinzent (leuven: peeters, 2013), 181. Celsus does not indeed repeat the thyestean charges (related to parricide, ie christianity overthrowing judaism) so frequently brought against christians, but he says the christian teachers who are mainly weavers and cobblers have no power over men of education the qualifications for conversion are ignorance and childish timidity. Sometimes quoting, sometimes paraphrasing, sometimes merely referring, origen reproduces and replies to celsus' arguments since accuracy was essential to his refutation of the true word ,  most scholars agree that origen is a reliable source for what celsus said.
The true word (or discourse, account, doctrine greek: λόγος ἀληθής, logos alēthēs) is a lost treatise in which the ancient greek philosopher celsus addressed many principal points of early christianity and refuted or argued against their validity. All the arguments, indeed, which this jew of celsus advances against those who believe on chapter liv after this, forsooth, the jew of celsus, to keep up the character assigned to the. Celsus 4 arguments against christianity misty fleming paper 1 the first of 4 arguments i believe to be of importance is that of the virgin birth.
The first point in celsus’ argument against the biblical truth is the origin of the jewish people and christian faith celsus presents jews and christians as descendants of the rebellion against ancient peoples, who held and practiced an ancient. Celsus was a neo-platonist that lived in the time of the late second century he wrote a book against christianity called the true wordcelsus’s work is only known through the christian apologist origen’s writings. Arguments of celsus against the christians thomas taylor, english translator and neoplatonist (1758-1835) this ebook presents «arguments of celsus against the christians», from thomas taylor.