Monday, February 17, 2014

The Symbol of Manhood

Perhaps I am finding early Christian writings funnier than they are supposed to be, but they are quite funny.  Anyway, as I was reading some Clement of Alexandria today, he warns against men shaving...anything.  He writes:

"It is therefore impious to desecrate the symbol of manhood: hairiness." (Paed. 3.4)

He further writes:

"'But the very hairs of your head are all numbers,' says the Lord; those on the chin, too, are numbered, and those on the whole body.  There must be therefore no plucking out, contrary to God's appointment, which has counted them in according to His will."

Where else are you going to read page after page the importance of hairiness, from facial to body hair?  Never, therefore, shave!

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