[ ter-tuhl-ee-uhn, -tuhl-yuhn ]

  1. Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus, a.d. c160–c230, Carthaginian theologian.

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  • The second-century Christian theologian Tertullian once said “It is certain because it is impossible.”

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  • Tertullian expressly declares that the provision made for the poor included that for their burial—egenis humandis.

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  • Tertullian, in the second century, speaks of chalices on which were paintings of the Good Shepherd and the lost sheep.

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  • Tertullian asserted that fossils resulted from the flood of Noah.

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  • Tertullian calls a teacher of arithmetic primus numerorum arenarius (de Pallio, in fine).

  • Now the case of many people who are not as wise as Tertullian and Socrates is identical with theirs.

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/ (tɜːˈtʌlɪən) /

  1. Latin name Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus. ?160–?220 ad, Carthaginian Christian theologian, who wrote in Latin rather than Greek and originated much of Christian terminology

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