CategoryChurch Fathers

The Resurrection and the Life

Spirit groans, so that flesh would come to life. Life groans, so that death would be put to flight. God groans, so that humanity would rise.[1. Peter Crysologus, Sermon 65.1] “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”[2. 1 Corinthians 15:55 TNIV] In the famous courtroom scene from one of my favorite movies, A Man for All Seasons, St. Thomas More is being tried for his...

Upon the Waters

This edition of my Church Fathers paraphrases comes from Hippolytus. Little to nothing is known of his early life, although it seems that he was a disciple of the famous bishop of Lyons, Irenaeus. Hippolytus may have been his disciple in either Lyons or Rome, but he later became a presbyter in Rome. There are conflicting accounts concerning his episcopal office- Jerome and Eusebius say he was...

Re-Orient

per viscera misericordiae Dei nostri in quibus visitavit nos oriens ex alto In these words, (or their Greek equivalent) generations of Christians in both East and West were able to immediately perceive a connection between the faith they professed in the Son of God incarnate and the very physical posture of their worship. As they faced towards the east, it was not merely an arbitrary geographical...

On the Incarnation of the Word

My brother Joel recently made a sortie into the world of auto-tune, and decided to use as his text a portion of St. Athanasius’ On the Incarnation of the Word. Check it out here. FITTING indeed, then, and wholly consonant was the death on the cross for us; and we can see how reasonable it was, and why it is that the salvation of the world could be accomplished in no other way. Even on the...

Beautiful Body

This is the first of what I hope to be a continuing series of paraphrases of the church fathers. Ever since college I have had a fascination with historical theology, and particularly the writings of the ante-Nicene and Nicene church fathers. The English translations that I have, however, were translated in the late 19th century, and thus employ many archaisms and language which, to modern...

Thy Will Be Done

Sometimes life is hard. Such an aphorism may fall off our lips with ease, especially when life is anything but hard, yet in the moments when it is are the moments where such a statement begins to show its weight in our lives. In these moments the reality of such a truism is not questioned, but perhaps more so the fairness of it. Why, after all, must life be hard? What possible value is there in...

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