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This is the conclusory chapter of this book titled Clement of Alexandria on Trial, which provides a new perspective on Clement's thought, through a critical examination of the work of one of his critics, Photios. The 'errors' Photios found in Clement's Hypotyposeis have provided us with fascinating philosophical and theological material to examine. In this chapter, the author makes three points which are the outcome of this study. First, Clement of Alexandria was faithful to the Scriptures and Scriptural revelation. Secondly, he was faithful to the doctrine, as he understood it. Thirdly, the controversies highlight his originality as theologian. Clement of Alexandria was a brave theologian, who remained faithful to his understanding of the Church. Although Photios' accusations place Clement 'outside' mainstream Christianity, there is no doubt, in the author's mind, that on many occasions Clement confessed and proved that he wished to be a part of the apostolic legacy.

Keywords: Clement of Alexandria; Photios

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