De spectaculis

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De spectaculis (On the games)
by Tertullian

Also known as On the Spectacles, De Spectaculis is one of Tertullian's extant moral and ascetic treatises. Written somewhere between 197-202, De Spectaculis looks at the moral legitimacy and consequences of Christians attending the circus, theatre, or amphitheatre ("the pleasures of public shows"). In it, Tertullian posits against the popular view that human enjoyment can be of no offence to God. His view of these public entertainments are that they are a misuse of God's creation and a perversion of the gifts God has given to man.

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This work was published before January 1, 1928, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.