Saturday, August 02, 2008

Patristic Carnival XIV- July, 2008

It's been another busy month in patristics with a lot of interesting posts along the way. Enjoy!

Front Gate: Introductions to the Fathers

Marilyn Hughes on the Suite 101 blog features a brief introduction to the Fathers for a Catholic audience.

The Midway: Articles on the Fathers

Thos on the Ecumenicityblog points out a reversal in the spiritual/material manifestation of the Church in a comparison between 2nd Clement and the Westminister Confession and struggles with Ignatius of Antioch's views on Eucharist, episcopal authority and relics.

Geoff Ashley on his self-named blog deals with the question of where we get the Bible.

Dr. Alexander Roman on the Oblation blog considers St. Benedict's rule in a (Ukrainian) Orthodox setting. This is a setting I hadn't expected and was happy to be enlightened.

Ben on the Dunelm Road blog discusses how to track down patristic citations of the Bible using the myriad of electronic tools at the scholar's fingertips.

Tamie on the Traces of Tamie blog starts with the dispute over worship chorus' over-emphasis on the humanity of Jesus and continues with a discussion of the insights of Athanasius and the 5th century Fathers on the subject of Jesus' humanity and divinity. She follows up with a post contrasting Anglican attempts at unity with the Father's imperative to defend the Gospel, even if it meant being offensive.

Phil Gons on the Logos Bible Software announces the launch of the Patrologia Cursus Completus, Series Graeca.

James White on the Pros Apologin blog muses over the Patrologia Cursus Completus, Series Graeca.

Father Chadius on the Hermeneia blog discusses his fascination with history, the Pilgrimage of Egeria's witness to the Church of Jerusalem's liturgy in comparison to emotional, but brief modern worship.

On this blog, I continue my discussion of Origen's On Prayer, discuss the state of patrology online. Anne on the Heart, Strength, Mind and Soul blog contributes to the discussion in a separate post on her blog. Eric Sowell follows suite quickly thereafter.

Michael Larionov on the forwardandup blog discusses some insights of Victor Kharalamov in Theology Today on theosis in patristic theology and speaks out against the modern tendency to blame the Platonic element in Christian theology for any number of theological sins.

Will Huysmen on The Banana Republican blog discusses the patristic case for the Immaculate Conception as suggested by Pope Pius IX.

Richard Aguirre on the regula fidei blog discusses Eusebius' teachings on schism, sects and the unity of the orthodox tradition

An Augustinian Heart on the Christianity Community blog reflects on St. Ambrose on the Holy Eucharist.

Freddy on the Soli Deo Gloria blog dicusses the anthropology of the patristic era (and of the early mediaeval period).

Holly Pivic on the Fulfilled Prophecy blog features a series on the Church Fathers and the Anti-Christ in parts one, two, three and four.

Philip Sumpter on the Narrative and Ontology blog discusses the regula fidei (rule of faith) in a series of quotes. Here is the table of contents for the series (I love this idea of giving a table of contents for long series!)

Puritan Lad on the Christianity in History blog attempts to prove that St. Gregory Thaumaturgus was an amillenialist.

Amadeo on the Praying Mantis blog discusses patristic attitudes to unity, striving for the Gospel, abiding with Christ and missional service. Scroll down a bit as the link doesn't connected directly to the entry for July 7th.

The Linguist on The Language Fan blog discusses the challenges of patristic Greek and the thought of Theodoret of Cyrrhus on the Octateuch.

Jason Engwer on the Triablogue blog disputes about the evidence for pre-millenialism in patristic thought.

Anne on Heart, Strength, Soul and Mind blog discusses whether Tertullian believed in purgatory and assesses the historical value of the Gospel of Mary.

Maria Lectrix on her self-named blog gives a list of her audio books, an excellent resource for those interested in patristics.

derek4messiah on the Messianic Jewish Musings blog discusses the patristic evidence for the Ebionites and whether this group were really just Messianic Jews. He follows up with a sermon he preached dealing with the same topic.

Micahel Newnham on the Phoenix Preacher blog discusses creeds and councils in church history between 300 and 400 AD.

The Budding Theologian on his self-named blog features a discussion on the 4th Ecumenical Council (Chalcedon) in three parts (Part One, Part Two, Part Three)

Chris Zeichman on Thoughts on Antiquity considers the state of scholarship on Marcian and the Synoptic probleem and proposes a new solution.

Andy Farmer on the Covenant Fellowship Church Family reflects on the contribution of the Apostolic Fathers.

Andrew Compton on The Reformed Reader blog discusses whether the Church Fathers really are important for biblical interpretation.

bfhu on the Black Cordelias blog muses on the implications of the so-called paganization of the Catholic Church as a result of its acceptance by the Emperor Constantine.

donaldkim on his self-named blog discusses St. Antony from a Protestant perspective.
Tim Troutman in his renovated and newly renamed blog, Army of Martyrs, features a series on the development of doctrine: an introductory post outlining the problem, hierarchical developments in the third century, the development of papal juridiction in the third century, and a discussion of papal jurisdiction in relation to the Roman political climate in the third century.

The Park Street Blogma Dogma blog features a reflection on the Christian life today and what St. Ignatius of Antioch teaches us about living up to our faith. He follows up with a reflection on St. Irenaeus, sola scriptura and babies who fall down.

Wymen Richardson on the Walking Together blog continues his patristic summaries, summarizing the Epistle of Barnabas, the fragments of St. Papias and the First Apology of St. Justin Martyr.

Tim Enlose on the Societas Christiani blog challenges the Reformed post-millenialist, James Jordan, for his views that the Church Fathers were actually 'Church Babies' because their theological thinking was much more primative than our exalted standard.

Eric Sowell on the Archaic Christianities blog investigates Irenaeus and the text of Matthew 11, 27.

Danny Garland on the Irish, Catholic and Dangerous blog gives a helpful summary of the Eight Ecumenical Councils.

Roger Pearse on the Thoughts on Antiquity blog discusses St. Cyril of Alexandria after the Council of Ephesus, follows up on a disparaging post on St. Cyril and discusses when the corruption of the Church occcured.

Kevin Edgecomb on the biblicalia blog discusses St. John Chrysostom, Jews and Julian the Apostate (with a review of Robert Wilken's book, John Chrysostom and the Jews: Rhetoric and Reality in the Late 4th Century inserted).

The Marketplace: Book Reviews

Georg S. Adamson on the Revelation Resources blog reviews Hubertus Drobner's Lehrbuch der Patrologie, the English edition of which I'm currently reading (watch for a review in the next month from me).

Russell Veldman on the Faster Unto Thee blog reviews Brian Litfin's Getting to Know the Church Fathers.

Polycarp on The Church of Jesus Christ blog reviews J.N.D. Kelly's classic Early Christian Doctrines.

Kent Eilers on the Theology Forum reviews Mark Husbands & Jeffrey Greeman's Ancient Faith for the Church's Future, which features essays from the 2007 Wheaten Theology Conference. This is definitely on my must-read list.

Paul S. on the St. Athanasius and St. Cyril Theological Library blog features a review of Pauline Allen's book on Severus of Antioch.

Tim Troutman in his renovated and newly renamed blog, Army of Martyrs, reviews Jaroslav Pelikan's The Christian Tradition Volume 1.

Eric Sowell on the Archaic Christianities blog reviews Michael Grant's biography of Constantine I
John Hobbins on the Ancient Hebrew Poetry blog discusses Christians and Jews in late Roman antiquity in light of modern anti-Semitism.

Robin Perry on the Theolgoical Scribbles blog reviews April DeConick's book, The Gospel of Thomas.

On this blog, I review Craig Allert's A High View of Scripture? and Pangiotes Chrestou's Greek Orthodox Patrology: An Introduction to the Study of the Church Fathers.

Exhibition Place: Biographies of the Fathers

Candy W. on the
Catholic E-Books blog features St. Clement of Alexandria and his theological treatises.

The Rodeo: Patristic catenae

Dave Armstrong on the
Biblical Evidence for Catholicism blog features a catena dealing with (alleged) examples of anti-Semitism among the Church Fathers with counter-examples. He follows us with a catena on the sinlessness of Mary.

bfhu on the
Black Cordelias blog provides a patristic catena on the practice of confession.

Will Huysmen on
The Banana Republican blog features a patristic catena defending the filioque close before the Photian schism.

Richard Aguirre on the
regula fidei blog features patristic catenas on the Perpetual Virginity of St. Mary, and on the Holy Eucharist.

The Foreign Exchange Tent: Translations

No entries this month.

The Apocryphal Aisle: Christian Apocrypha

Tony Chartrand-Burke on the
Apocryphicity blog features a discussion of religious intolerance in the Academy.

April DeConick on
The Forbidden Gospel blog asks for questions about the newly discovered Apocalypse of Gabriel, continues this discussion in light of Hosea 6, 1-3, provides a helpful list of links for coverage on the Acocalypse of Gabriel, discusses the Gnostic perspective on who was in Noah's Ark, questions the exclusivity of the Gnostics, considers the accomodation of Gnostics to the culture around them.

Well, that's it for the month. I hope you enjoyed the Patristics Carnival XIV! If you are interested in hosting Patristics Carnvial XV or a Patristics Carnival in the near future (say, to the end of the year), let me know soon!



Polycarp said...

Thanks for the link. said...

Thanks for the link to my Ebionite articles on Messianic Jewish Musings. I am honored to be in the company of many greater scholars whose writing you also linked.

Derek Leman

Phil Snider said...

No problem, Derek and polycarp. My pleasure, I assure you.


Will Huysman said...

Dear brother Phil,
Thank you very much for the link; I am very happy that you noticed my work, so thanks to you hopefully more people can see it and profit from it spiritually and catechetically. I've also started a "Summa Pro Filioque" which will incorporate the citations from the post you linked, as well as details from my post defending "as from one principle" and the compatibility of Filioque with the precious Monarchy of the Father. May God bless you and yours with the utmost holiness, health, and happiness this summer and in the years to come!

In Christ,
Will R. Huysman

Phil Snider said...


Right, I`ll keep a eye out for the posts you're refering to. Thanks for highlighting them for me.

And thanks for the blessings and to you as well.


Roger Pearse said...

Thank you for your kind note (although it is 'Pearse', not 'Pierce'). You might like to know that I am now blogging at, almost entirely on patristica.

Phil Snider said...

Hi Roger;

You would think that after all these years I`d get your name right. I'll correct it.

I did catch your new blog (congrats!) and added it to my blog roll already.