For all of you NASCAR fans, Football fanatics, Sports crazies…

Omne enim spectaculum sine concussione spiritus non est.

There is no public entertainment which does not inflict spiritual damage.

Text is Weeber, 1988. This English version is of unknown source (but found online).  From the other translations:
For the show always leads to spiritual agitation, … (Thelwall’s version, 1869)
There is no public spectacle without violence to the spirit. (Glover’s version, 1931)
There is no spectacle without violent agitation of the soul. (Arbesmann’s version, 1959).

From Tertullian.

(Thanks Rodney – posted on Facebook)

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

14 thoughts on “For all of you NASCAR fans, Football fanatics, Sports crazies…

  1. tertullian hated, purely hated the fact that some christians cared more about the games than worship.  it set him on fire and that lad could burn with just a few words.  he’s the one church father worth reading.

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