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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol VIII:
Pseudo-Clementine Literature.: Chapter XLII

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Chapter XLII.—Right Notions of God Essential to Holiness.

“But what I am going to tell you will be sufficient by way of example.  But I do not think, my dear Clement, that any one who possesses ever so little love to God and ingenuousness, will be able to take in, or even to hear, the things that are spoken against Him.  For how is it that he can have a monarchic 949 soul, and be holy, who supposes that there are many gods, and not one only?  But even if there be but one, who will cherish zeal to be holy, that finds in Him many defects, since he will hope that the Beginning of all things, by reason of the defects of his own nature, will not visit the crimes of others?



Cotelerius doubts whether this expression means a soul ruling over his body, or a soul disposed to favor monarchical rule.  The former explanation seems more probable.

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