Monday, July 06, 2009

Patristics Carnival XXV

Well, here is the twenty-fifth installment of the Patristic Carnival. Enjoy!

New Under the Tent: New Patristic Blogs And Announcements.

This isn't so much a new blog as the relaunch of an old one. Josh McManaway moves away from Blogger and his old title, New Testament Student to Wordpress and The Son of the Fathers blog. This blog shows considerable promise as a patristics blog, so welcome to the world of patristic blogging, Josh.

Front Gate: Introductions to the Fathers

Nothing new this month.

The Midway: Articles on the Fathers
Mike Aquilina on The Way of the Fathers blog discusses the Ancient Christian Faith Initiative in Pittsburgh, announces the Catholic Heroes of Faith video series whose first video deal with St. Perpetua.

Polycarp on the Church of Jesus Christ blog considers the patristic willingness to combine the female Wisdom with the male Logos. He follows up with a consideration of gender and the Holy Spirit in which he examines the gender used by several patristic authors. He also considers the pivotal role that Proverbs 8 had, especially the link of Sophia with Jesus in the Arian controversy. As a continuation of his series on the Arian controversy, he examines a letter by Arius and his Egyptian supporters to Alexander, the bishop of Alexandria. He also considers the influence of Numenius on St. Justin Martyr's trinitarian theology.

Seumas MacDonald on the Compliant Subversity blog published a huge series on patristic trinitarian thought, including a very handy index! You'd think he was preparing for an exam. Oh, right, he was and it sounds like it went well. Congratulations, Seumas!

James Pate on his James' Thoughts and Musings blog considers St. Augustine and his views on the deutero-canonical books, especially on the books of the Maccabees. He follows up with a consideration of whether Judaism in the Diaspora or in Palestine had the deutero-canonical works and why Christians would adopt these works if they didn't. He considers Numenius' concept of the Trinity and the question of whether it influenced or was influenced by Christianity. He discusses how several Church Fathers distinguished between divination and prophecy. He considers Tertullian's understanding of the injunctions that priests should be the 'Husband of one wife' in Leviticus 20-21. He briefly discusses the notion that Genesis 1-3 was not interpreted literally until the 19th century. He considers Clement of Alexandria's views on Marcion, the divinization of humanity, Christian sects and substitutionary atonement. He discusses Origen's views on the fall of pre-existant humanity and follows up with a discussion of Origen's universalism. He discusses Dionysius of Alexandria's view that the Book of Revelation was written by the heretic Cerinthus. He analyses Hippolytus' views on recapitulation and soteriology. He analyses what the epistimological basis of Christianity is with consideration of patristic evidence. Phew, it just makes me tired listing them. For those who are interested, James also has several interesting posts on ancient philosophy as well as commentary on media. Be sure to check below for his discussion of rabbinic sources.

Matt on the grace and peace blog commemorates the Council of Nicaea, the First Ecumenical Council.

Stanford Gibson on the A Fiercer Delight and a Fiercer Discontent blog sets out eight thoughts on St. Clement of Rome with a modern context in mind.

Jason Engwer on Triablogue considers why evangelicals are unwilling to accept the expanded Old Testament canon including an argument that there was no firm consensus on these book in the patristic era.

Father Milan Medakovic on the VONMEN blog publishes a sermon on the Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council.

TurretinFan on the Alpha and Omega Ministry blog considers the reliability of the oral tradition in early Christianity with St. Irenaeus's writing as a test case.

C. Baxter Kruger on the Baxter's Ongoing Thoughts blog discusses St. Irenaeus' view of the Incarnation as a foil to today's 'Western deistic legalism'

Nick Norelli on the Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth considers how to pronounce some patristic names- complete with reader participation.

Dave Armstrong on the Biblical Evidence for Catholicism blog discusses John Calvin's rejection of the Letters of Ignatius in the light of Catholic-Protestant apologetics. Nice new look to the blog, by the way, Dave!

vorjack on the Unreasonable Faith blog discusses competing patristic teachings about marriage and their mixed effect on the position of women.

Matthew Bellisario on the Catholic Champion blog considers the teachings of St. Justin Martyr, St. Irenaeus and St. Jerome on free will in light of Reformed Protestant views on predestination.

Jennie Letchford on the Little Miss Giggles blog shares a school speech on how the canon of Scripture was established. It is good to see a teen interested in issues like the canon.

Deidre Richardson on the Men and Women in the Church blog considers two assumptions about the role of women in the early Church.

Daniel Egan on the Bible Tidbits blog discusses patristic testimony about Mary as the New Eve.

nhiemstra on the Flotsam and Jetsam blog considers the effect of a dependence on translation had on the understanding of the Old Testament including a section on the patristic era.

The Beggars of the King blog considers the evidence for the Trinity in the Bible and the Fathers.

Jared Cramer on the Scribere orare est discusses a current Episcopal controversy through a discussion of St. Irenaeus' view of recapitulation.

David Waltz on the Articuli Fidei blog considers the relationship between Scripture and tradition in the early Church Fathers.

Ben Blackwell on the Dunelm Road blog highlights several new translations of St. Cyril of Alexandria's writing and discusses St. Macarius on Galatians 5-6.

On this blog, I consider how St. Athanasius' example is used polemically in Anglican controversies.

The Marketplace: Book Reviews (and other media)

Josh McManaway on the Son of the Fathers blog reviews Christopher Hall's book, Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers.

Aaron Taylor (I think) on the Logismoi blog gets a hot tip from his 5-year old daughter and reports on his new purchase, The SCM Press A-Z of Patristic Theology, 2nd ed., by Fr John Anthony McGuckin. He highlight Father McGuckin's entry on St. Macrina as a tribute to Macrina on the A Vow of Conversation blog who retired this month (God bless, Macrina!)

Jeffrey C. Waddington on the Feeding On Christ blog considers resources for Reformed Christians for approaching the Church Fathers including the Ancient Christian Commentary series and the new Ancient Christian Doctrine series (I hadn't heard of this one!)

Exhibition Place: Biographies of the Fathers

Jean M. Heimann on the Catholic Fire blog discusses the life of St. Ephrem Syrus.

Aaron Taylor on the Logismoi blog discusses the life of St. Justin Martyr on the occasion of his Orthodox Feast Day.

James Woodward on his self-named blog discusses the life and theology of St. Cyril of Alexandria.

The Rodeo: Patristic catenae

TurretinFan on the Thoughts of Francis Turretin blog sets out a patristic catena on the Atonement.

deartheophilus on his self-named blog publishes a patristic catena on Christians and how to deal with wealth and the poor.

The In Communion blog features a patristic catena dealing with the Beatitudes.

The Foreign Exchange Tent: Translations and Summaries

Nothing new this month.

The Talmudic Tabernacle: Christianity and Judaism in the Ancient World

James Pate on his James' Thoughts and Musings blog considers the Talmud's non-literal teachings on the 'eye for an eye' passage in Exodus 21,24. He , also, considers the rabbinic attitude to human nature and evil in contrast to Middle Platonism.

The Apocryphal Aisle: Christian Apocrypha

Nothing new this month.

Well, that is it for this month. Stay tuned for the next Patristic Carnival, hosted next month by Seumas MacDonald at Compliant Subversity. Thanks, Seumas for taking this on this month.



James Pate said...

Wow! I'm on this more than I was on the Biblical Studies Carnival! Good thing I'm blogging through Quasten's Patrology!

Thanks for the references to the other posts. I'll be reading Polycarp's on Logos and Sophia.

J. L. Watts said...

Phil, the Patristics Carnival is my favorite carnival - and this one os is why. Such a wealth of information. Thanks again.

Ben Blackwell said...

Well done again, Phil. Thanks for your commitment to the carnival.


Phil Snider said...

Thanks all. I'm glad you've enjoyed this carnival. I've still got to read some of the material in this carnival too! Compiling it sometimes takes up all my time.


Esteban Vázquez said...

I never make it to the patristics carnival! I'll have to start submitting my own posts. :-)