Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Tertullian's Rx

...raises amongst ourselves no other questions than those which heresies introduce, and which make men heretics.”

-Tertullian, The Prescription Against Heretics. XIII


“It has also been a subject of remark, how extremely frequent is the intercourse which heretics hold with magicians, with mountebanks, with astrologers, with philosophers; and the reason is, that they are men who devote themselves to curious questions. "Seek, and ye shall find," is everywhere in their minds.”
-Tertullian, The Prescription Against Heretics. XLIII

I'm not sure about the mountebanks.... but otherwise I definitely fit Tertullian's "You know you're a heretic when" list. ;)
Elaine Pagels mentioned something about it in her lecture, and so I just had to look it up.

1 comment:

MizTickle said...

Tertullian was a Montanist himself, which was basically pentacostalism, and many of them were martyrs, but still declared heretics. I think if there was another christian persecution the charismatics would be the first to volunteer for martyrdom, and maybe later on they will be declared heretics after one of their leaders falls into "error."

"Mountebank" is one of the names of the Italian Magician Tarot card. I'm not sure what it means exactly, but another name for it is the same as "bachelor," and obviously it refers to a juggler or a magician of some type. Singel men must have been suspected of being witches by the superstitious.