Apology
Apology
Tertullian

Table of Contents


Title Page

Preface.

Introductory Note.

Chapter I. Translated by the Rev.…

Chapter II. If, again, it is certain that we are the most wicked of men…

Chapter III. What are we to think of it, that most people so blindly knock their heads…

Chapter IV. And so, having made these remarks as it were by way of preface…

Chapter V. To say a word about the origin of laws of the kind to which we…

Chapter VI. I would now have these most religious protectors and vindicators of the laws and institutions…

Chapter VII. Monsters of wickedness, we are accused of observing a holy rite in which we kill…

Chapter VIII. See now, we set before you the reward of these enormities.…

Chapter IX. That I may refute more thoroughly these charges, I will show that in part openly…

Chapter X. "You do not worship the gods," you say; "and you do not offer sacrifices for…

Chapter XI. And since, as you dare not deny that these deities of yours once were men…

Chapter XII. But I pass from these remarks, for I know and I am going to show…

Chapter XIII. "But they are gods to us," you say.…

Chapter XIV. I wish now to review your sacred rites; and I pass no censure on your…

Chapter XV. Others of your writers, in their wantonness, even minister to your pleasures by vilifying the…

Chapter XVI. For, like some others, you are under the delusion that our god is an ass's…

Chapter XVII. The object of our worship is the One God…

Chapter XVIII. But, that we might attain an ampler and more authoritative knowledge at once of Himself…

Chapter XIX. Their high antiquity, first of all, claims authority for these writings.…

Chapter XX. To make up for our delay in this, we bring under your notice something of…

Chapter XXI. But having asserted that our religion is supported by the writings of the Jews…

Chapter XXII. And we affirm indeed the existence of certain spiritual essences…

Chapter XXIII. Moreover, if sorcerers call forth ghosts, and even make what seem the souls of the…

Chapter XXIV. This whole confession of these beings, in which they declare that they are not gods…

Chapter XXV. I think I have offered sufficient proof upon the question of FALSE and TRUE divinity…

Chapter XXVI. Examine then, and see if He be not the dispenser of kingdoms…

Chapter XXVII. Enough has been said in these remarks to confute the charge of treason against your…

Chapter XXVIII. But as it was easily seen to be unjust to compel freemen against their will…

Chapter XXIX. Let it be made clear, then, first of all…

Chapter XXX. For we offer prayer for the safety of our princes to the eternal…

Chapter XXXI. But we merely, you say, flatter the emperor, and feign these prayers of ours to…

Chapter XXXII. There is also another and a greater necessity for our offering prayer in behalf of…

Chapter XXXIII. But why dwell longer on the reverence and sacred respect of Christians to the emperor…

Chapter XXXIV. Augustus, the founder of the empire, would not even have the title Lord…

Chapter XXXV. This is the reason, then, why Christians are counted public enemies…

Chapter XXXVI. If it is the fact that men bearing the name of Romans are found to…

Chapter XXXVII. If we are enjoined, then, to love our enemies…

Chapter XXXVIII. Ought not Christians, therefore, to receive not merely a somewhat milder treatment…

Chapter XXXIX. I shall at once go on, then, to exhibit the peculiarities of the Christian society…

Chapter XL. On the contrary, they deserve the name of faction who conspire to bring odium on…

Chapter XLI. You, therefore, are the sources of trouble in human affairs…

Chapter XLII. But we are called to account as harm-doers on another ground…

Chapter XLIII. I will confess, however, without hesitation, that there are some who in a sense may…

Chapter XLIV. Yes, and no one considers what the loss is to the common weal…

Chapter XLV. We, then, alone are without crime.…

Chapter XLVI. We have sufficiently met, as I think, the accusation of the various crimes on the…

Chapter XLVII. Unless I am utterly mistaken, there is nothing so old as the truth…

Chapter XLVIII. Come now, if some philosopher affirms, as Laberius holds…

Chapter XLIX. These are what are called presumptuous speculations in our case alone…

Chapter L. In that case, you say, why do you complain of our persecutions? You ought rather…

Elucidations.




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