Tag Archives: Apostolic Fathers

Catholicism in a Nutshell

What does it mean to be a Catholic Christian?  Being Roman Catholic?  Pretending to be Roman Catholic?  Wearing fancy (and/or weird) clothes in worship?  “Doing Communion” every Sunday?  Living in the past?  These are some stereotypes that I hear around … Continue reading

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Food laws allegory in Barnabus

The one thing I always find most memorable about the Epistle of Barnabus is (for better or for worse) the allegory applied to the Mosaic Dietary Laws.  Rather than simple typology, he actually argues that the literal meanings were not … Continue reading

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Ignatius to the Trallians ch4-5

Continuing my review of the Epistle of Ignatius to the Trallians… chapter 4 God has granted me many an inspiration, but I keep my limits, lest boasting should be my undoing.  For what I need most at this point is … Continue reading

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Ignatius to the Trallians ch2-3

Continuing my review of the Epistle of Ignatius to the Trallians… chapter 2 For when you obey the bishop as if he were Jesus Christ, you are (as I see it) living not in merely human fashion but in Jesus … Continue reading

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Ignatius to the Trallians ch1

St. Ignatius of Antioch was born some time close to when Jesus was crucified, and lived until about 117AD.  He was the bishop (overseer) of the church in Antioch, which was in Syria, just north of Samaria.  This was where … Continue reading

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“The” Apostolic Church – part 2

This is the second half of what I began writing last week.  It is, thus, in turn, a response to this long quote that I posted back in April.  I left off with the preview that I’d argue the most … Continue reading

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“The” Apostolic Church – part 1

I’ve posited before my suspicion that all church splits (denominations) are a result of differing ecclesiology, moreso than any other area of theology.  Upon re-reading something else I shared a while back, it occurs to me that how people go … Continue reading

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