Pseudo-Clement on Rhetoric

The value of rhetoric in service of the truth:

Liberal learning has conferred upon me the power of orderly narration, and of stating those things clearly for which there is occasion.  And if we use learning in asserting the errors of antiquity, we ruin ourselves by gracefulness and smoothness of speech; but if we apply learning and grace of speech to the assertion of the truth, I think that not a little advantage is thereby gained.

ANF VIII, “The Recognitions of Clement”, xxv, pg. 84.

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