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Category: Church Fathers

In the Company of the Fathers: Melito of Sardis

Why do Christians refer to the day of Christ’s death as “good?” In today’s article, Jackson Lashier continues his series on the Church Fathers as he explores Melito of Sardis’ work. God saves through death, and somehow (and quite paradoxically) this is good news for the world.

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In the Company of the Fathers: Gregory of Nyssa

Jackson Lashier continues his series on the church fathers by covering the work of Gregory of Nyssa. Jackson argues that what Gregory patterns for us is a method of appropriately using scripture in argumentation, a method that is concerned not with individual verses but with the logic and tenor of the entire redemptive story.

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In the Company of the Fathers: The Female Martyrs

Male voices reign in the first few centuries of the Church reflecting, of course, the androcentric Greco-Roman culture in which Christianity developed. Nevertheless, it is not the case that the female voice is altogether absent from this period and its presence, though minimal, serves as a critique to the patriarchy that became normative. Nowhere is the female voice more prominent than in the martyrdom literature.

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In the Company of the Fathers: Origen

Origen spent his life teaching theology, by which he meant, in harmony with all the Fathers, “scripture interpreted according to the Church.” He calls this practice “lectio divina” or “divine reading.” Jackson Lashier dives deeper into Origen’s approach in this installment of “In the Company of the Fathers.”

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In the Company of the Fathers: Irenaeus

In today’s post Jackson Lashier shares why Irenaeus’ voice needs to be heard today. Irenaeus shows us that the incarnation is a new revelation of God, but also that it is fundamentally misunderstood if its newness is not interpreted in profound continuity with the salvific work of the Creator, Covenant God of Israel.

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In the Company of the Fathers: An Introduction

In the first class I took in seminary, the professor made an almost casual suggestion that remains perhaps the single most important piece of advice I received in my theological education. For every semester of seminary, he said, we should read the works of one Church Father to become grounded in the great tradition.

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