assumed that it was not a Christian Symbol up to that date. Clement of Alexandria notes
in the late 3
century and before Constantine,
“And let our seals be either a dove, or afish, or a ship scudding before the wind, or a musical lyre, which Polycrates used, or aship’s anchor, which Seleucus got engraved as a device.”
If the Cross was at associatedwith Christendom at this period of time, then it makes sense that it would have beenmentioned here, along with the other symbols or seals approved of by the church anddescribed by Clement.Still, some feel that The Cross was used as a Christian symbol during the firstseveral centuries, but that fear of persecution was keeping them from coming out of thecloset so to speak with regards to Cross usage. This does not seem tenable. The early“Church Fathers” that we are considering as some of our primary sources, and the samesources that advocates for early Cross usage point to, were writing very candidly andopenly about supposed doctrine and the Bible during their day, so why would they go outof their way to omit any references to the Cross as they were writing, as if afraid of somesort of extra persecution if they has mentioned the Cross in their writings?
Titus Flavius Clemens (c.150 - 215) “Clement of Alexandria,”
150-215) quoted in Philip Schaff,
ed. and trans. by
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