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[ch. 21]
Count Christ a man, if you please; by Him and in Him God would be known and be adored. If the Jews object, we answer that Moses, who was but a man, taught them their religion; against the Greeks we urge that Orpheus at Pieria, Musaeus at Athens, Melampus at Argos, Trophonius in Bœotia, imposed religious rites; turning to yourselves, who exercise sway over the nations, it was the man Numa Pompilius who laid on the Romans a heavy load of costly superstitions. Surely Christ, then, had a right to reveal Deity, which was in fact His own essential possession, not with the object of bringing boors and savages by the dread of multitudinous gods, whose favour must be won into some civilization, as was the case with Numa; but as one who aimed to enlighten men already civilized, and under illusions from their very culture, that they might come to the knowledge of the truth. Search, then, and see if that divinity of Christ be true. If it be of such a nature that the acceptance of it transforms a man, and makes him truly good, there is implied in that the duty of renouncing what is opposed to it as false; especially and on every ground that which, hiding itself under the names and images of dead, the labours to convince men of its divinity by certain signs, and miracles, and oracles.
~ Tertullian (c.160–220 AD), Apology

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[ch. 21]
For two comings of Christ having been revealed to us: a first, which has been fulfilled in the lowliness of a human lot; a second, which impends over the world, now near its close, in all the majesty of Deity unveiled; and, by misunderstanding the first, they have concluded that the second— which, as matter of more manifest prediction, they set their hopes on— is the only one. It was the merited punishment of their sin not to understand the Lord's first advent: for if they had, they would have believed; and if they had believed, they would have obtained salvation. They themselves read how it is written of them that they are deprived of wisdom and understanding— of the use of eyes and ears. [Isaiah 6:10] As, then, under the force of their pre-judgment, they had convinced themselves from His lowly guise that Christ was no more than man, it followed from that, as a necessary consequence, that they should hold Him a magician from the powers which He displayed—expelling devils from men by a word, restoring vision to the blind, cleansing the leprous, reinvigorating the paralytic, summoning the dead to life again, making the very elements of nature obey Him, stilling the storms and walking on the sea; proving that He was the Logos of God, that primordial first-begotten Word, accompanied by power and reason, and based on Spirit,— that He who was now doing all things by His word, and He who had done that of old, were one and the same.
~ Tertullian (c.160–220 AD), Apology

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[ch. 21]
Even when the ray is shot from the sun, it is still part of the parent mass; the sun will still be in the ray, because it is a ray of the sun— there is no division of substance, but merely an extension. Thus Christ is Spirit of Spirit, and God of God, as light of light is kindled. The material matrix remains entire and unimpaired, though you derive from it any number of shoots possessed of its qualities; so, too, that which has come forth out of God is at once God and the Son of God, and the two are one. In this way also, as He is Spirit of Spirit and God of God, He is made a second in manner of existence— in position, not in nature; and He did not withdraw from the original source, but went forth. This ray of God, then, as it was always foretold in ancient times, descending into a certain virgin, and made flesh in her womb, is in His birth God and man united. The flesh formed by the Spirit is nourished, grows up to manhood, speaks, teaches, works, and is the Christ. Receive meanwhile this fable, if you choose to call it so— it is like some of your own— while we go on to show how Christ's claims are proved, and who the parties are with you by whom such fables have been set a going to overthrow the truth, which they resemble. The Jews, too, were well aware that Christ was coming, as those to whom the prophets spoke. Nay, even now His advent is expected by them; nor is there any other contention between them and us, than that they believe the advent has not yet occurred.
~ Tertullian (c.160–220 AD), Apology

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[Posted on Face Book]

"I'm gonna climb up, gonna climb up
climb up the beanstalk

I never have seen, never have seen
seen such a mean stalk

I'm gonna climb up, gonna climb up
and find out what lives there
find out what gives there

and then (dum, de, dum, de...etc.)"

See, I remember the lyrics after almost 50 years of first and once seeing it on CBS way back when, and haven't even seen it again since! Now if someone on YT or Vimeo would finally post the whole song.

Jack and the Bean Stalk from David Lile on Vimeo.

["Jack and the Bean Stalk" -- scene from the 1965 production of Jim Eiler, Jeanne Bargy, and Prince Street Players, on Vimeo (I had apparently seen a re-broadcast, circa 68 or 69.)]

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[ch. 21]
...and so the nature of His birth will be understood. We have already asserted that God made the world, and all which it contains, by His Word, and Reason, and Power. It is abundantly plain that your philosophers, too, regard the Logos— that is, the Word and Reason— as the Creator of the universe. For Zeno lays it down that he is the creator, having made all things according to a determinate plan; that his name is Fate, and God, and the soul of Jupiter, and the necessity of all things. Cleanthes ascribes all this to spirit, which he maintains pervades the universe. And we, in like manner, hold that the Word, and Reason, and Power, by which we have said God made all, have spirit as their proper and essential substratum, in which the Word has in being to give forth utterances, and reason abides to dispose and arrange, and power is over all to execute. We have been taught that He proceeds forth from God, and in that procession He is generated; so that He is the Son of God, and is called God from unity of substance with God. For God, too, is a Spirit.
~ Tertullian (c.160–220 AD), Apology

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A vampire is a kind of parasite that survives by feeding off the blood, not of the flesh and blood dead, but of the flesh and blood living. While anyone else would deem this a most disgusting condition, they excuse their behavior by asserting that a "god" (or former human person whom owing to his amazing genius and spirit world technology they take to be divine), whom they revere, not only sanctions but indeed ordains them to this hideous and vicious mode of subsisting. Plus there is money, a great deal of money, in it.

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["The Reformation of St. Jules (1949) | BFI National Archive"]

Talk about rarities, this short film is one, and those who know who Algernon Blackwood is will appreciate its value. For those who don't know who Algernon Blackwood is, imagine a film surfacing on YouTube in which you could watch Edgar Allan Poe tell a story and speak on camera. Well, this video in a way is sort of like that.

For a second one of these, see:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRy4D11qc8I
["Lock Your Door (1949) | BFI National Archive"]

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[ch. 14]
...Nor indeed do either tragic or comic writers shrink from setting forth the gods as the origin of all family calamities and sins. I do not dwell on the philosophers, contenting myself with a reference to Socrates, who, in contempt of the gods, was in the habit of swearing by an oak, and a goat, and a dog. In fact, for this very thing Socrates was condemned to death, that he overthrew the worship of the gods. Plainly, at one time as well as another, that is, always truth is disliked...
~ Tertullian (c.160–220 AD), Apology

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