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Category Archives: Historical Theology

Christian distinctiveness

The epistle to Diognetus is perhaps one of the more well known works from among the Apostolic Fathers these days, at least in popular theological discussions. This is due, less to its remarks on the “common silliness and deception and foolishness and pride of the Jews” (4:6 — yikes), than for the chapter that immediately follows […]

On the Martyrdom of Michael Sattler

Brad posts the reasons given by the authorities for the torture and murder of Michael Sattler, one of the key figures in sixteenth century Anabaptism: “First, that he and his adherents have acted contrary to the mandate of the Emperor. “Secondly, he has taught, held and believed that the body and blood of Christ are […]

The Holiness of Book Acquisition

Turns out that radical biblioholism goes back to the earliest days of Christianity. Mike Gorman has recently posted this great quote from Epiphanius on how acquiring books makes us less inclined to sin: The acquisition of Christian books is necessary for those who can use them. For the mere sight of these books renders us […]

The Apostolic and the Post-Apostolic

In conversation with Yves Congar’s Tradition and Traditions, John Webster makes the observation that one can describe the Nouvelle Théologie movement as a sort of theological mood or style that is premised on the claim that the distinction between the apostolic and the post-apostolic ought not to be pressed. In other words, according this theological style, […]

Free Patristic Audiobooks

I just discovered, thanks to Phil, Maria Lectrix, a blog dedicated to providing audio recordings of books for readers with “Catholic tastes.” Well, sign me up! Included among the free audiobooks are Irenaeus’ Against Heresies, Cyril of Jerusalem’s Catechetical Lectures, Hilaire Belloc’s Europe and the Faith, and John Henry Newman’s Essay on the Development of Christian […]

Irenaeus: In search of a good translation

Do any of my faithful readers know of a good translation of Irenaeus’ Against Heresies?  I’ve read it in the old Roberts translation in the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers series, but I want something more servicable.  Who’s got the scoop for me?

J. Kameron Carter: A Theological Account of Race

With all the recent media attention being given to black liberation theology, I am overjoyed that at long last J. Kameron Carter’s book, Race: A Theological Account is set to be out this September.  I have literally been waiting for this book for about three years.  I’m sure it will be worth the wait.  Here […]

My favorite Patristic theologians

Since lists are always cool, and since patristic theology doesn’t get that much of a fair shake in the blogosphere, here are my five favorite patristic theologians. Irenaeus Augustine Gregory of Nazianzus Maximus the Confessor Athanasius Of course, its a bit embarrassing to list patristic theologians when I think of how much more I’ve read […]

Hither, thither, and yon

Thom Stark has posted an excellent and extremely thorough series of posts on the reality of early Christian pacifism.  It deserves much reading.   Also, my good friend Christian is making a triumphant return to the blogoshphere, with some great posts on Stanley Hauerwas and Herbert McCabe. Likewise worthy of note is David Horstkoetter’s recent post […]

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