Sunday, March 27, 2011

This Week in Patristics March 20-26th, 2011

Welcome to the inaugural edition of 'This Week in Patristics'. There are many interesting things on offer, so I hope you enjoy!

Rod of Alexandria on the Political Jesus blog quips about Neo-Platonism, the emergent church and orthodoxy (that just makes me tired writing!)

Father Z on the What does the Prayer Really Say? blog discusses a patristically informed response to the current sexual scandals in the Roman Catholic Church. By employing the lessons learned from the Donatist controversy, Father Z reminds us that the human-ness and, hence, the fallibility of priests and bishops today doesn't invalidate the Gospel.

Timothy on the Catholic Bibles blog discusses the spiritual and literal sense of the Bible.

Julie D. on the Happy Catholic blog reviews volume two of Pope Benedict's homilies on the Fathers.

Chaplain Mike on the Internet Monk blog continues a series about the Apostolic Fathers by featuring a discussion on St. Polycarp of Smyrna.

Roger Pearse on his self-named blog discussed the colophon of the Tura papyrus of Origen's Contra Celsum which claims to have been copied from Origen's own copy.

rico on ricoblog discusses Barnabas 9, 3-4 including beautiful conjunctions.

Josephus Flavus on the Byzantine, Texas blog reports on the intriguingly inter-disciplinary book by Father Alexander Trader, Ancient Christian Wisdom and Aaron Beck's Cognitive Therapy which combines patristics, pastoral theology and psychology to discuss how thinking influences our behavior. I'm going to have to try to hunt this up myself.

Associated with Father Trader's book, there is a series of four guest posts on different blogs dealing with the background of this book. Only two of the four are out, but we'll be watching for the other two next week. Mystagogy features the first of these posts on Trader's book, followed by Second Terrace's second post. Watch for the third post on the Voice of Stefan and the last post at Biblicalia.

C.H. Featherstone on the Featherblog reviews Peter Leithart's book, Defending Constantine. The Twilight of an Empire and the Dawn of Christendom rather favourably, given his Hauerwasian and Yoderian roots.

That is it for this week. I hope enjoyed these offerings and I look forward to posting again this week. Peace, Phil

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