By Marcellino D'Ambrosio Ph.D.
And if the Bible may be interpreted in lots of methods, how can we understand what to make
of it? And who determined what could be within the Bible anyway?
The Church Fathers give you the solutions. those wonderful, embattled, and
occasionally eccentric males outlined the biblical canon, hammered out the Creed,
and gave us our figuring out 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 fascinating tales and
nice heroes reminiscent of 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 whilst the Church used to be young.
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Tyrant after tyrant had seized power at the price of much bloodshed. Devotion to family, hard work, and frugality had been replaced by an addiction to pleasure and power. A welfare state based on conquest and slave labor bought the loyalty of the mob with free bread and gladiator games. The people were all too ready to trade their liberty for creature comforts. Into this depressing situation, the Gospel of Jesus Christ introduced a quiet excitement and a new hope that continued to grow, despite all the efforts to stamp it out.
13 To divide the Church is therefore to do violence to Christ. Devotion to Christ means absolute and passionate commitment to the unity of the Church. Christians today casually accept as a fact of life the existence of thousands of different Christian churches that are separated from and sometimes hostile to each other. Clement and other early Church Fathers, on the other hand, regarded division among Christians with utter horror. ”14 On the other hand, Clement invokes “the glorious and holy rule [kanon] of our tradition [paradosis],” which for him includes not only the truth about who Jesus was and what he did for us, but a commitment to conserve and protect the unity of his body.
True, there were some letters by Peter, Paul, and John written to one community or another. Also, by this time, there existed some collections of words and stories from the life of Jesus and the Church of the first generation. And there were other writings too, including one with some rather disturbing visions. But which of all these writings truly represent the teaching of Jesus and the apostles? If authentic, how authoritative are they? Should they be regarded as inspired Scripture, on the same level as Moses and Isaiah?