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

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Chapter II.—Simon’s Speech Against Peter.

Now he said:  “He accuses you, Peter, of being the servant of wickedness, of having great power in magic, and as charming the souls of men in a way worse than idolatry. 1315   To prove that you are a magician, he seemed to me to adduce the following evidence, saying:  ‘I am conscious of this, that when I come to hold a discussion with him, I do not remember a single word of what I have been meditating on by myself.  For while he is discoursing, and my mind is engaged in recollecting what it is that I thought of saying on coming to a conference with him, I do not hear anything whatsoever of what he is saying.  Now, since I do not experience this in the presence of any other than in his alone, is it not plain that I am under the influence of his magic?  And as to his doctrines being worse than those of idolatry, I can make that quite clear to any one who has understanding.  For there is no other benefit than this, that the soul should be freed from images 1316 of every kind.  For when the soul brings an image before its eye, it is bound by fear, and it pines away through anxiety lest it should suffer some calamity; and being altered, it falls under the influence of a demon; and being under his influence, it seems to the mass to be wise.


Footnotes

318:1315

[Comp. Recognitions, iii. 12, for a similar accusation made by Simon, at the beginning of the second day’s discussion.—R.]

318:1316

εἰδώλων, idols.


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