Foundations 4-Tertullian of Carthage

Series: Foundations: The Life, Times, and Theology of the Early Church

Category: History

Often referred to as "The Father of Latin Theology", Tertullian of Carthage is a towering figure in the Early Western Church. Well trained in rhetoric and Roman law, after converting to Christianity late in the second century, he turned his keen mind to the explanation and defense of the orthodox faith. His works refuting gnostics and various aspects of Christian faith and practice established a theological vocabulary in the West for centuries, and his influence in setting the antecedents for the medieval church is unquestioned. His brilliance is eclipsed only by the inexplicable joining of a breakaway sect later in his life, but nevertheless his life and writings are central to our understanding of the Early Church