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Exhortation to the Heathen

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Chapter 1. Exhortation to abandon the impious mysteries of idolatry for the adoration of the Divine Word and God the Father.
Chapter 2. The absurdity and impiety of the heathen mysteries and fables about the birth and death of their gods.
Chapter 3. The cruelty of the sacrifices to the gods.
Chapter 4. The absurdity and shamefulness of the images by which the gods are worshipped.
Chapter 5. The opinions of the philosophers respecting God.
Chapter 6. By divine inspiration philosophers sometimes hit on the truth.
Chapter 7. The poets also bear testimony to the truth.
Chapter 8. The true doctrine is to be sought in the prophets.
Chapter 9. "That those grievously sin who despise or neglect God's gracious calling."
Chapter 10. Answer to the objection of the heathen, that it was not right to abandon the customs of their fathers.
Chapter 11. How great are the benefits conferred on man through the advent of Christ.
Chapter 12. Exhortation to abandon their old errors and listen to the instructions of Christ.

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Source. Translated by William Wilson. From Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 2. Edited by Alexander Roberts, James Donaldson, and A. Cleveland Coxe. (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1885.) Revised and edited for New Advent by Kevin Knight. <>.

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