The Irresponsible Hypocrisy of the Fundamentalist Evangelical “Infallible, Inerrant” View of Inspiration and its Subsequent Atrocity in Interpretation

It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand. ---Mark Twain Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/mark_twain_153875 Though Mark Twain's pithy adage "will preach," for proponents of Perspicuity, his statement fails to account for one simple fact... that even the seemingly plainest statement of …

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Top 10 Books on Paleo-Orthodoxy | FREEDOM IN ORTHODOXY

Many 21st century theologians, such as Robert Webber, have recognized the similarities between the cultural climate of Classical Christianity and the postmodern West and, rightly in my opinion, have suggested that we employ the Church fathers as our spiritual guides in the mission of God in the world. As is evident by the title of this …

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An Informal Intro to the Premillennialism of 1st – 2nd Centuries A.D.

Few early Christians wrote about this aspect of eschatology during the first century of Christianity, but most of the available writings from the period reflect a millenarianist perspective (sometimes referred to as chiliasm). Bishop Papias of Hierapolis (A.D. 70–155) speaks in favor of a pre-millennial position in volume three of his five volume work and …

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Whatever Happened to Gifts of Language, Prophecy, and Healing? | Christianity Today

Sometimes we start our history in the wrong place. It can be tempting to trace our roots back to the origin of our denomination or even the origin of Christianity in our country. But taking a longer view by tracing our roots back to the early church fathers leads to some surprises. We discover that …

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The Early Church and Military Service | Jesus Creed

...Tertullian, for instance, wrote an entire treatise forbidding military service among Christians (The Crown) and such sentiment is found throughout his other writings (On Idolatry). Origen too condemned military service whenever he addressed the subject. And Lactantius agreed: “A just man may not be a soldier” (Divine Institutes, 6.20). Now again, there were Christians in …

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Lamb’s Harbinger on Clement I

Clement (I) of Rome is regarded by scholars of early Christianity as one of the earliest post-Apostolic Christian leaders, being supposed to have received appointment as an elder/overseer of the church at Rome by the Apostle Peter. Clement's only letter (1 Clement), composed (logically speaking) sometime during his service to the Church of God at …

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Evangelical Romanticism

Key conclusion: the patristics have never been the property of the Roman Catholics or even the Eastern Orthodox. The idea that leaving evangelicalism to find the apostolic fathers or patristics is Romanticism, not history. But what we need is a generation of evangelicals educated as leaders by learning the patristics. The collapse of Trinitarian thinking in …

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Ignatius of Antioch: a Bloody Diotrephes

Ignatius of Antioch wrote c. 98-117 A.D., and only the collection of his writings, called the Middle Recension, is considered authentic. All others are forgeries. Still, one must remember that the topic of Ignatius’ letters’ authenticity is still much debated! The Texts: https://www.loebclassics.com/view/ignatius-letters_ephesians/2003/pb_LCL024.215.xml SUMMARY: In his writings, Ignatius openly concedes that his teachings should not …

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Whence Christmas?

[Revised and Updated, November 29, 2017] These days, Christians everywhere face persecution for their beliefs. One example is in the name "Christmas." Non-believers, let alone overt pagans, do not like the name. For example, the U.K. just decided that it's ok tosay Christmas, ...for now. But others are enduring lawsuits over display of a "Christmas …

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