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The idea of common or natural law appears several times (cf. '2. 40; :yz. 26; 39. 24) as an argument against the irrationality of paganism. 1. :1". ~:; Athanasius contrasts the traditional law (TOVS 7TaTptKOVS VOJ1-ovs) with II" """ilillg of Christ. ·:1 •. {J; Ka~ 'lOVe; 12 on fL~ fL6vov EfLo{XWUEV, 12 aMa aVE0"lKEV, E7TLKUAVfLfLa Tfje; 7TapavofL{ae; aUTO V T~V Tfje; OE07Todae; cpaVTau{av KaTauKwuswV' dJv Elm Llt6vvuoe; IW~ 'HpaKAfje; Ka~ IO Llt6uKOVPOt Ka~ 'EpfLfje; KaL IIEpude; KaL EcbTELpa.

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