Tertullian’s polemic

His polemic is downright hilarious. Talk about argumentum ad hominem!

[following a long diatribe the horrors of Pontus, the birthplace of early heretic Marcion] Nothing, however, in Pontus is so barbarous and sad as the fact that Marcion was born there, fouler than any Scythian … Marcion is more savage than even the beasts of that barbarous region. For what beaver was ever a greater emasculator of men than he who abolished the nuptial bond? What Pontic mouse ever had such gnawing powers as he who has gnawed the Gospels to pieces?

On one hand, it’s sobering. On the other hand, it’s hilarious!


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