I'm sure most of us have heard the criticism that some Christians have Bibles that are dusty. That is, too often Christians simply don't read their Bibles so their Bibles get dusty, so to speak. We're not the only generation of Christians that haven't read our Bibles as we should. One well-known preacher in the… Continue reading Dusty Bibles and the Early Church (Chrysostom)
This is very much worth reading: ...During the last decade and a half a number of writers with media savvy have unleashed books and articles to support the view that originally Christianity was pluralistic in content and largely tolerant (in the new sense!) in attitude. There was no agreed orthodoxy, but highly diverse theological syntheses.… Continue reading The “Historical Nonsense” of Early Pluralistic Christianities (Carson)
I've mentioned this helpful patristics resource here before: From Nicaea to Chalcedon by Frances Young. It's a great study on some of the church fathers and their teaching (e.g. Athanasius, Basil, Cyril, and so forth). One early church leader Young discusses is Gregory Nazianzen, who is called "Gregory the Theologian." Gregory was a defender of… Continue reading Doctrinal Hair-Splitting and the Early Church (Young)
In the ancient Roman Empire human life was generally not highly valued. Some Greco-Roman religions involved child sacrifice, shedding of blood, and other inhumane acts. Roman citizens typically didn’t speak out against the brutal killing methods displayed in the arenas – in fact, people flocked to see humans mercilessly slay each other or be torn… Continue reading Abortion, Murder, and the Early Church
Here are some great words from a late second century AD Christian tract/treatise called the Epistle to Diognetus (10:2-5). “Oh the surpassing kindness and love of God! He did not hate us, or reject us, or bear a grudge against us; instead he was patient and forbearing; in his mercy he took upon himself our… Continue reading O The Sweet Exchange!