This edition of my series of church fathers’ paraphrases come from Pope St. Leo the Great. His date of birth is unknown, but he died A.D. 461. In the Catholic Church he is one of the Doctors of the Church, declared so by Benedict XIV in 1754. Leo rose to the papacy in 440, fresh off a diplomatic mission to Gaul as a deacon under his predecessor Sixtus III. It seems that Leo was still in the...

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...

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...

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