Category Archives: Patristics

Eusebius Pamphili of Caesarea’s apologetic for the veracity of the Gospel accounts

What follows is a relatively long and extremely interesting passage from Eusebius Pamphili of Caesarea, in Book 3, chapter 5 of his Demonstratio Evangelica (Proof of the Gospel). This passage is one of the most interesting to me among the Nicene Fathers … Continue reading

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Apostolic Scribes

I can’t deal with every objection to 2 Peter’s authenticity all at once (or at least, I’m too lazy to do so at the moment), however I thought I would raise a point about the very different style of 2 … Continue reading

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St. Justin Martyr on Prophesy

Chap. XLII. — Prophecy Using the Past Tense. But when the Spirit of prophecy speaks of things that are about to come to pass as if they had already taken place, — as may be observed even in the passages … Continue reading

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Augustine on Skepticism

One of Augustine of Hippo’s writings which is under-appreciated is his Contra Academicos,  which he wrote before his Baptism, though he was preparing to receive Baptism from St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, when writing it. As I’m reading through it for … Continue reading

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Matthew and Q

‘Q‘ is the title Biblical scholars have given to an entirely hypothetical document which is sometimes believed to underlie the content which is common to Matthew and Luke and which isn’t found in Mark. The designation of ‘Q‘ is shorthand … Continue reading

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Singing an analogy for creatio ex nihilo?

St. Augustine outlines the following very interesting argument in book 12 of his Confessions, in order to explain that the creation of formless matter may be logically prior, without being temporally prior, to God’s ordering of matter as a creative act. … Continue reading

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Jesus Kissing Mary Magdalene, and the Da Vinci mistake

There is a very common misunderstanding of the Gospel of Philip, which has been promoted by Dan Brown’s ‘The Da Vinci Code.” Of course, it isn’t the only mistake Dan Brown has made, but it is one of the more … Continue reading

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Celsus’ attack on the Holy Mother

Celsus was one of the most visceral enemies of Christianity which the early Church faced. However, his violent attack on Christianity did not result in martyrdoms, but in people falling away from the faith – he was a polemicist, not … Continue reading

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The Seraphim and the Trinity in the book of Isaiah

There are a number of passages in the Old Testament which are often cited in support of the doctrine of the Trinity by Christians. Well known among them are, for example, the verse in the first chapter of Genesis, when … Continue reading

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An affinity between classic Gnostic Soteriology and Reformed Soteriology?

I have always found that there is a curious similarity between the classical Gnostic myth’s (that is, the basic sketch provided by the heresiologists, including foremost Irenaeus of Lyons, along with the sketch provided in the Apocryphon of John – … Continue reading

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