Saturday, May 10, 2008

Patristics Carnival XI- April, 2008

I`m a little late with this carnival, I know, for a couple reasons. First, April and May are the busiest time of the year for me. That is just life. Second, there was so many entries to look at and to enter. That should be something for all of us who are interested in patristics happy.

Front Gate: Introductions to the Fathers

Michael Haykin on the Historia Ecclesiastica blog gives a Protestant answer to why one should seek out the Fathers?, offers a primer on how to start reading about the Fathers (complete with bibliography),

Dr. George Grant on the Wittendberg Hall blog offers an introduction and defence of patristics for Protestants.

Peter Orr on the
But Now blog offers still more reasons why we should read the Fathers: they're closer linguistically and culturally to the writers of the Bible than we are.

The Midway: Articles on the Fathers

Mike Aquilina on The Fathers of the Church blog reconsiders Elaine Pagels and finds a soft spot for her writing, despite its shortcomings, talks about St. John Chrysosthom and the mystery of marriage and posts on Pope Benedict's lecture on St. Benedict.

Felix Culpa on the Ora et Labora blog ends his series on St. Dionysius the Areopagite in Eastern Orthodox theology with part four,

Bobby Grow on The Stumbling Block blog features a discussion of the patristic (especially that of St. Gregory of Nyssa) understanding of the Holy Spirit,

cchris on the Zeal For Truth blog continues a series on Tradtion and text with part two,

Craig Carter on The Politics of the Cross blog offers an abstract for a paper dealing with Athanasius, Trinitarian theology and Scripture as a way of responding to modern historical-critical scholarship's challenge to theology.
Exhibition Place: Biographies of the Fathers

VC on the Synodos blog features a series on the Patristic commentary on Daniel, starting with a biography of Jerome and an analysis of Jerome's commentary on Daniel and a comparision between Jerome's and Hippolytus' commentaries on Daniel.

Tony Reike on the Sovereign Grace blog publishes an MP3 of an interview with Dr. Ligon Duncan offering Patristics for Busy Pastors. This interview caused quite a stir in patristic blogsphere with discussions about it on The Shepherd's Scrapbook, the Between Two Worlds blog (with a useful summary of content), the Heidelblog, Light and Heat, PastorHacks, the Studying the Bible blog, Th' eternal Promise blog (with Dr. Duncan's book recommendation), the Faith by Hearing blog (with rather more commentary),

Daniel on the All Possible Worlds blog features a discussion about universalism, Hell and the Early Church.

Macrina on the Vow of Conversation blog discusses the importance of the Fathers in doing theology, rather than merely limiting them to the realm of Church History.

tduffle on the Anagogic Endeaver blog starts a series on the Holy Trinity by discussing Modalism.

Clinton on the Summa Philosophae blog discusses tradition and Scripture.

lauraknowles on Laura's Blog discusses Suzanne Heine's feminist analysis of St. Clement's of Alexandria and Tertullian's discussion of women.

Mork on the Pragmatic-Eclectic blog discusses the failure of Early Christianity's mission to the Jews.

mcshaw on The Ancient Landmark blog discusses Justin Martyr and his contribution to Trinitarian theology as the foundation of the errors of the later Church. This is distinction an anti-Trinitarian viewpoint featured in this article.

James Swan on the Alpha and Omega Ministries blog discusses Catholic reactions to evangelical interest in the Fathers. David Wolf on the articuli Fidei blog discusses the polemic about evangelical apologetical use of the Fathers.

Puritan Lad on the Christianity in History examines Cyprian's approach to apocolyptic writing and his historicism.

cd on the Discover the Faith blog examines St. Ignatius' letters and his discussion of the place of the eccesiastical hierarchy.

David Kear on the Monumentum Ecclesia blog discusses Eastern Ecclesiology (especially in light of St. Cyril of Alexandria) and the position of Rome.

vivator on the vivacatholic blog reflects on D.H. Williams discussion of the fight over the legacy of the Early Church between Protestants and Catholics in the second part of his series on evangelicals and tradition.

Tim Trautman on the God Fearin' Fiddler blog discusses a passage from Eusebius dealing with a second century Roman Christian named Caius as evidence for the Christian connection to the Vatican, compares Valentinian Creation narratives with modern evolutionary theories, discusses the Anti-Semitic elements in heretical Christianity, cites evidence from Hippolytus against contraception, considers how those who do not see the papacy in the early centuries of Christianity believe this position, considers the historcity of the doctrine of the immaculate conception, analyses the term Pope in Eusebius and following up with a second post on the subject.

Rob Bradshaw on the Early blog posts an article by F.F. Bruce on Church History and its Lessons.

Kevin Edgecomb on the biblicalia posts on Scripture, Tradition and the death of historical-critical scholarship.

Weekend Fisher on the Heart, Mind, Soul and Strength blog offers a scoring system for evaluating attestations of various canons in the patristic period.

Eric Sowell on the Archaic Christianity blog discusses his collation of 2nd Corinthians.

On this blog, hyperekperissou, I began a series on Origen's On Prayer with an introduction, Part 1 and Part 2. Stay tuned for more installments.

The Marketplace: Book Reviews

Robert on the Weird Thinkers blog reviews Christopher Hall's Learning Theology With the Church Fathers.

Alex Tang on the Random Musing blog gives a short, but favourable review of D.H. Williams' Evangelicals and Tradition.

Wyman Richardson on the Walking Together blog presents the twelfth of his Patristics Summaries: The Martyrdom of Ignatius.
Exhibition Place: Biographies of the Fathers.

Candy W on the Christian e-books blog discusses the life of St. Ireneaeus of Lyons.
The Rodeo: Patristic catenae

Ken88 on the Hallowed Ground blog features a catena on the primacy of Rome.

Tim Trautman on the God Fearin' Fiddler blog reviews Jaroslav Pelican's Mary through the Centuries.

The Foreign Exchange Tent: Translations

No activity in this category this month.

The Apocryphal Aisle: Christian Apocrypha

Derek the AEnglican on the haligweorc blog challenges the contention that gnostics were proto-feminists. Peace,

Eric Sowell on the Archaic Christianity blog continues his discussion of the Protoevangelion of John and again and again and finishing with this post.

Tony Chartrand-Burke on the Apocryphicity blog post Bruce Chilton's criticism of Elaine Pagel's venerable book, The Gnostic Gospels, , asks about a possible new Judas Apocryphon, considers a scholarly exchange about Secret Mark, and another exchange on the same text.

April DeConick of The Forbidden Gospel blog discusses reactions to a March post on the Gnostic origins of the Trinity, posts a dissertation abstract by Bruce Landau on the Revelations of the Magi, , discusses the problem posed by the term gnosis again, asks whether the Gospel of Judas is that ambiguous?, continues her discussion with her readers on gnosis, and discusses Birger Peterson's opinion of the Gospel of Judas.

Well, I think that is all for this month. It has been a busy month.



Anonymous said...

Phil, I'm still willing to do the next carnival, but I'll need some help. I've lost my internet connection for the month, so I'm blogging and e-mailing from the school library. This is making it harder to read everything...

Phil Snider said...

Hi Mike;

Sorry for the delay in answering. I normally send the links to the host around the last day of the month, so you don't have to hunt for them.

E-mail me at and we can talk more about what other supports you need.