By Marcellino D'Ambrosio Ph.D.
And if the Bible might be interpreted in lots of methods, how will we comprehend what to make
of it? And who determined what will be within the Bible anyway?
The Church Fathers give you the solutions. those incredible, embattled, and
occasionally eccentric males outlined the biblical canon, hammered out the Creed,
and gave us our realizing of sacraments and salvation. it truly is they who
preserved for us the wealthy legacy of the early Church.
D’Ambrosio dusts off the dry theology and brings you the intriguing tales and
nice heroes akin to Ambrose, Augustine, Basil, Athanasius, Chrysostom, and
Jerome. This page-turner will motivate and problem you with the lives and
insights of those seminal academics from while the Church was once young.
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19. See Didache 7:4. 20. Didache 8:1. 21. We refer here to both Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic (such as Maronite or Byzantine) Churches. 22. Didache 8:2. 23. Didache 14:1–3. 24. See Malachi 1:11. 25. Didache 9:5, quoting Matthew 7:6. 26. Didache 9:4. Chapter 4 Ignatius: Prophet, Pastor, and Witness We now come to one of the most inspiring figures of the early Church. Not to be confused with the founder of the Jesuits, this Ignatius lived in Antioch, which had won renown fifty years earlier as the missionary base of Barnabas and Paul.
It includes such personalities as Ambrose and Augustine in the West and Athanasius and Basil in the East. Following this, we have a period, the sixth through eighth centuries, which is sort of an afterglow, when the remaining Fathers like Gregory the Great and John of Damascus2 summed up, amplified, and passed on the teaching of previous Fathers and Councils. Voices That Must Be Heard This great and diverse group of people provides us with something that we desperately need. They are a mighty cloud of witnesses to what the apostles lived and taught.
But it was also because the Roman Church, in his view, had a certain precedence. 50 This comment provides us with one of our first clear testimonies to Peter’s residence in Rome. 51 In begging the Romans not to intervene to stop his martyrdom, he seems to be saying that they, who are renowned for so many martyrs, so many who witnessed with their blood to the love of the Good Shepherd, should not greedily reserve this privilege for themselves. True charity demands that they should allow this poor bishop from Antioch to share in this honor.