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wealth is of itself sufficient to puff up and corrupt the souls of its possessors, and to turn them from the path by which salvation is to be attained

October 3, 2009

…wealth is of itself sufficient to puff up and corrupt the souls of its possessors, and to turn them from the path by which salvation is to be attained, (those who flatter the rich) stupefy them still more, by inflating the minds of the rich with the pleasures of extravagant praises, and by making them utterly despise all things except wealth, on account of which they are admired; bringing, as the saying is, fire to fire, pouring pride on pride, and adding conceit to wealth, a heavier burden to that which by nature is a weight, from which somewhat ought rather to be removed and taken away as being a dangerous and deadly disease.

Clement of Alexandria

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He impoverishes himself out of love

September 10, 2009

(a Christian) impoverishes himself out of love, so that he is certain he may never overlook a brother in need, especially if he knows he can bear poverty better than his brother. He likewise considers the pain of another as his own pain. And if he suffers any hardship because of having given out of his own poverty, he does not complain.

Clement of Alexandria, A.D. 190, misc. bk.4, ch.7

Modesty and Clothing

August 4, 2009

Luxurious clothing that cannot conceal the shape of the body is no more a covering. For such clothing, falling close to the body, takes its form more easily. Clinging to the body as though it were the flesh, it receives its shape and outlines the woman’s figure. As a result, the whole make of the body is visible to spectators, although they cannot see the body itself….Such clothing is meant¬†for looking, not covering.¬†

Clement of Alexandria (circa 195 AD), 2.265. (ch.11)

Almost the whole of history…clothes have been signs of group membership

J.M. Roberts, The triumph of the West, 1983, ch.1