It was another busy week in the patristics garden! Wow! I never realized just how much patristic content there actually was out there.
Enjoy the offerings this week!
Mike Aquilina on The Way of the Fathers features a brief review of N.T. Wright's new book on Judas, links to a radio broadcast featuring Saint Synalecta, a brief review of Steven Shoemaker's book on the Virgin Mary's Dormition and Assumption.
Danny Garland on Irish-Catholic and Dangerous quotes Cardinal Newman on importance of the Fathers in his conversion to Catholicism, St. John Chrysothom on the Magi, St. Gregory of Nazianzus on the Baptism of the Lord, and St. Cyprian on praying constantly. . Wow, that is a lot of excerpts in one week!
William Weedon on Weedon's Blog offers Patristic Quotes of the Day by Prudentius, Maximos the Confessor, Maximos again and another on Maximos.
Sean Gallagher on The Criterion Online Blog asks the question Who is a Church Father?. The answer? Well, read on.
Father Tim Finagan on The hermeneutic of continuity (now there is a title for a blog!) gives a guide to the first four centuries of Christianity from a Catholic perspective including some excellent book references.
runandsew on The Catholic Answers forum asks did the Fathers teach Sola Scriptura. There's lots of references and lots of conversation.
TheGodFearingFiddle reflects on the Nicene Creed, the term Catholic and who gets to use it. . He continues his discussion in Were the Church Fathers Papists?
Philosophy on LJ offers a paper on Evolution, Patristics and the Philosophy of Science.
It seems to be the week for guides on how to get started on patristics. Derek the Anglican on haligweorc offers us his suggestions on how to get started on reading the Fathers, from, predictably, an Anglican perspective. Derek follows up with a guide to getting started with patristic hermeneutics.
Adrian Murdoch on Bread and Circuses features an article on the Christian poet Caelius Sedulius
A Hatfield on Trinitarian Life features a review of the Nestorian controversy about the Theotokos
Julie on Julie Unplugged has quotes Richard Hooper with a rather different opinion about the Virgin Mary. Hooper argues that the Virgin Mary was a sop given to women as compensation for Mary Magdalene's loss of apostolic status and the denigration of eternal feminine images in Christianity.
SELplana declares that the Apostolic Fathers didn't believe in the divinity of Christ. I wonder, are they reading the same Apostolic Fathers?
John Collins on 37 lissenfield offers some reflections on Bart Ehrmann's Misquoting Jesus
Trail mix offers reflections on the theological diversity of the patristic era
Rick Brannan on ricoblog starts to reflect on Clayton Jeffrey's book on the Apostolic Fathers and the New Testament and lets us know about an download of the Oxford Society of Historical Theology's 1905 publication on the Apostolic Fathers and the New Testament.. Two more books I have to add to my ever lengthening reading list!
Julie at Happy Catholic finds her extended family among the Church Fathers, thanks to Mike Aquilina's book, The Fathers of the Church.