Tertullian (c. 2nd and 3rd century)

“When people who are upright and good assemble, when the pious and virtuous gather together, the meeting should be called not a secret society but a senate.”

  • From Apology (chapter 39) by Tertullian, translation edition by Rudolph Arbesmann, reprinted in After The New Testament: A Reader In Early Christianity, edited by Bart D. Ehrman. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.


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