Sunday, May 22, 2011

This (Two) Weeks in Patristics May 8-21st, 2011

Hi all!

Welcome back to the delayed TWP. Thanks to a student conference and the joyful arrival of our second son, Matthew Colin Goulden Snider, I've been unable to gather the forces to do a review. So, here is the two week version. Enjoy!

vjtorley on the Uncommon Descent blog discusses David Bentley Hart's discussion of the 'new Atheists' in which he is critisized for mis-quoting Augustine and, generally, mis-understood the Church Fathers. vjtorley is probably right about the mis-quoting, but I find it telling that most of the examples against Hart's argument that the OT is taken allegorically are from Western fathers, not Eastern ones for which the statement is more true, especially if we are dealing with Alexandrian Fathers.

Ben Griffiths on the Huffington Post Religion blog discusses the reasons why we should learn to love the Church Fathers.

The Exiled Preacher on his self-named blog discusses Alistair McGrath's new book, Heresy. A History of Defending the Truth, which he considers in light of the new popularity of heresy over orthodoxy.

Clint on the 'Saint James' kids' blog considers the contributions of St Irenaeus and Tertullian to our understanding of the Ecclesiology and Christology respectively in three parts (Part One, Part Two, Part Three) A distinctivelly Orthodox take on these two Fathers. Not that that is a problem. Just saying.

John Armstrong on the Acton Institute PowerBlog considers St. Clement of Alexandria's discussion of the problem of riches and wealth with an application to our own issues in the same area.

Alin Siucu on his self-named blog identifies a Coptic 'Lament of the Virgin' fragment found in the British museum as emerging from a homily of Cyriacus, Bishop of Behnesa.

Rick Brannen on the ricoblog considers 2nd Clement's discussion of repentence and the final days in light of the recent predictions of the End for yesterday. 2nd Clement's advice? Repent and act like this is the last day. Sounds vaguley...Biblical.

James Bradford Pate on the James' Thoughts and Musing blog considers Rosemay Ruether's (in Gaia and God)reflection on the postive contributions of Christian ascetics to the environment in Rome.

Joel on the Unsettled Christianity blog reviews the recent IVP Ancient Christian Text offering on the Greek commentaries on Revelation.

That's all I have. I'll be back on track with TWP starting this week, God willing, so stay tuned.


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