Definition of Credo quia absurdum
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I believe it because it is absurd. (contrary to reason) (Tertullian)
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Credo quia absurdum is a Latin phrase that means "I believe because it is absurd." It is a paraphrase of a statement in Tertullian's work De Carne Christi (ca. 203-206), "prorsus credibile est, quia ineptum est", which can be translated: "it is by all means to be believed, because it is absurd". The context is a defence of the tenets of orthodox Christianity against docetism:
- Crucifixus est Dei Filius, non pudet, quia pudendum est;
- et mortuus est Dei Filius, prorsus credibile est, quia ineptum est;
- et sepultus resurrexit, certum est, quia impossibile.
- — (De Carne Christi V, 4)
- "The Son of God was crucified: there is no shame, because it is shameful.
- And the Son of God died: it is by all means to be believed, because it is absurd.
- And, buried, He rose again: it is certain, because impossible."
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