Translated by the Rev. Peter Holmes, D.D., F.R.A.S., Etc., Etc.
Table of Contents
Tertullian. Part Second.
The Prescription Against Heretics.
Chapter II.--Analogy Between Fevers and Heresies Heresies Not to Be Wondered At: Their Strength Derived from Weakness of Men's Faith. They Have Not the Truth. Simile of Pugilists and Gladiators in Illustration.
Chapter V.--Heresy, as Well as Schism and Dissension, Disapproved by St. Paul, Who Speaks of the Necessity of Heresies, Not as a Good, But, by the Will of God, Salutary Trials for Training and Approving the Faith of Christians.
Chapter VIII.--Christ's Word, Seek, and Ye Shall Find, No Warrant for Heretical Deviations from the Faith All Christ's Words to the Jews are for Us, Not Indeed as Specific Commands, But as Principles to Be Applied.
Chapter XX.--Christ First Delivered the Faith. The Apostles Spread It; They Founded Churches as the Depositories Thereof. That Faith, Therefore, is Apostolic, Which Descended from the Apostles, Through Apostolic Churches.
Chapter XXI.--All Doctrine True Which Comes Through the Church from the Apostles, Who Were Taught by God Through Christ All Opinion Which Has No Such Divine Origin and Apostolic Tradition to Show, is Ipso Facto False.
Chapter XXIV.--St. Peter's Further Vindication St. Paul Not Superior to St. Peter in Teaching. Nothing Imparted to the Former in the Third Heaven Enabled Him to Add to the Faith. Heretics Boast as If Favoured with Some of the Secrets Imparted to Him.
Chapter XXXII.--None of the Heretics Claim Succession from the Apostles New Churches Still Apostolic, Because Their Faith is that Which the Apostles Taught and Handed Down. The Heretics Challenged to Show Any Apostolic Credentials.
Chapter XXXV.--Let Heretics Maintain Their Claims by a Definite and Intelligible Evidence This the Only Method of Solving Their Questions. Catholics Appeal Always to Evidence Traceable to Apostolic Sources.
Chapter XXXVI.--The Apostolic Churches the Voice of the Apostles Let the Heretics Examine Their Apostolic Claims, in Each Case, Indisputable. The Church of Rome Doubly Apostolic; Its Early Eminence and Excellence. Heresy, as Perverting the Truth, is Connected Therewith.
Chapter XXXVIII.--Harmony of the Church and the Scriptures Heretics Have Tampered with the Scriptures, and Mutilated, and Altered Them. Catholics Never Change the Scriptures, Which Always Testify for Them.
Chapter XXXIX.--What St. Paul Calls Spiritual Wickednesses Displayed by Pagan Authors, and by Heretics, in No Dissimilar Manner. Holy Scripture Especially Liable to Heretical Manipulation. Affords Material for Heresies, Just as Virgil Has Been the Groundwork of Literary Plagiarisms, Different in Purport from the Original.
Chapter XL.--No Difference in the Spirit of Idolatry and of Heresy In the Rites of Idolatry, Satan Imitated and Distorted the Divine Institutions of the Older Scriptures. The Christian Scriptures Corrupted by Him in the Perversions of the Various Heretics.
Chapter XLIII.--Loose Company Preferred by Heretics Ungodliness the Effect of Their Teaching the Very Opposite of Catholic Truth, Which Promotes the Fear of God, Both in Religious Ordinances and Practical Life.
Chapter XLIV.--Heresy Lowers Respect for Christ, and Destroys All Fear of His Great Judgment The Tendency of Heretical Teaching on This Solemn Article of the Faith. The Present Treatise an Introduction to Certain Other Anti-Heretical Works of Our Author.