La contribution de Tertullien à la réflexion théologique sur l’irrémissible : du De paenitentia au De pudicitia

Abstract : The two treaties devoted by Tertullian to penitential doctrine, the De Paenitentia (written between 198 and 203) and the De Pudicitia (after 207), have been extensively studied for their historical issues. This article shows that despite their opposite ecclesiological and practical conclusions – grave sins coming under the post-baptismal penance in the first treaty are seen as unforgivable in the second one –, the De Pudicitia is nevertheless a follow-up to the De Paenitentia, in great doctrinal continuity with it, relied on the same rigorous exegesis. The increasing rigorism of the theologian, faced with penitential laxness, is foremost legitimized by his will of consistency in ecclesiological matters. Tertullian lays the groundwork for a reflection on the limits to forgiveness and the distinction between degrees of sin, reflection which the Fathers of the fourth and fifth centuries undertake. He is the first one to use together the four main biblical texts related to the unforgivable: Matthew 12: 32-32; 1 John 5:16; 1 Corinthians 5:5; Hebrews 6:4-8.
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Laurence Mellerin. La contribution de Tertullien à la réflexion théologique sur l’irrémissible : du De paenitentia au De pudicitia. Revue d'études augustiniennes et patristiques, 2012, 58/2 (2), pp.185-216. ⟨10.1484/J.REA.5.101077⟩. ⟨halshs-01543383⟩

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