"Tertullian expressed contempt for philosophical inquiry and ordered his flock to renounce worldly curiosity. He asked, "What has Athens to do with Jerusalem? What has the Academy to do with the Church?" He demanded unquestioning acceptance of the Orthodox position: "God's son died: it is believable precisely because it is absurd. He was buried but rose again: it is certain because it is impossible!""
(from The Alphabet Versus the Goddess, by Leonard Shlain, p. 245. Published by the Penguin Group. (c) 1998)
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