His real name was Titus Flavius Clemens but the world knows him as Clement of Alexandria. According to the 6th century writer Epiphanius Scholasticus he was born around AD 150 in Athens. He died around AD 215. He was brought up a pagen but converted to Christianity as a young man. He was certainly an educated man and often quoted from Greek philosophy, mythology and poetry. Following his convertion he travelled extensively seeking instruction from educated Christians throughout Greece, Italy, Palestine and eventually reaching Alexandria in Egypt.
His influence on Christianity and the early church resulted from his attempts to connect the Holy Scriptures with pagen philosophy. He showed that philosophers gained much of their knowledge from the scriptures, especially the Old Testament. He firmly believed that philosophy resulted from the divine guidance of The Logos and provided a platform through which the truth could be relayed to mankind.
Clement stresses the importance of philosophy for the fullness of Christian knowledge and firmly believed in a relationship between knowledge and faith and he was quick to correct any who were unwilling to make any use of philosophy in their preaching of the Gospel. In Alexandria, Christianity was a widely accepted philosophy of life. Thus philosophy and theology were so close in Alexandria that every theologian had to be well acquainted with philosophy.
Clement lays great stress on the fulfillment of moral obligations. In his ethical expressions he is influenced strongly by Plato and the Stoics, from whom he borrows much of his terminology. He praises Plato for setting forth the greatest possible likeness to God as the aim of life; and his portrait of the perfect Gnostic closely resembles that of the wise man as drawn by the Stoics. Hence he counsels his readers to shake off the chains of the flesh as far as possible, to live already as if out of the body, and thus to rise above earthly things.