An Argument for Prima Scriptura

This post originally appeared as a contribution at Conciliar Post. One of the great privileges of being a part of the Conciliar Post community is the opportunity to have meaningful conversations about substantive theological issues while remaining charitable toward our interlocutors. Not that we are the only website that promotes this type of dialogue. ButContinue reading “An Argument for Prima Scriptura”

Ep20: Predestination and Freewill Redux

In this episode of the Church Debates series, guest speaker Kyle Harbaugh leads a discussion of the Predestination and Freewill debates during the Reformation period, especially those surrounding TULIP.

Ep17: What Must I Do To Be Saved?

In this episode of the Church Debates series, we look at the historical context and major historical events of the Protestant Reformation and begin to examine Martin Luther’s theology of salvation.

Ep16: Resuming Church Debates

This episode kicks off the second semester of the Church Debates series with some preliminary remarks, an overview of the Reformation and post-Reformation periods to be covered, and takes a look at some important theological points from Anselm and Aquinas.

Scripture among the Apologists: Bibliography

Ancient Sources Eccl. Hist. Eusebius. Ecclesiastical History: The History of the Church from Christ to Constantine. Translated by G. A. Williamson. Revised and edited by Andrew Louth. London: Penguin Books, 1989. Lives Jerome. Lives of Illustrious Men. Translated by Ernest Cushing Richardson. Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Second Series, Vol. 3. Edited by Philip Schaff andContinue reading “Scripture among the Apologists: Bibliography”

Scripture among the Apologists: Conclusions

This study has examined the manner in which two early Christian apologists, Justin Martyr in his Apology and Theophilus of Antioch in Ad Autolycum, employed written sources in their writings. This study argues that Justin and Theophilus both demonstrated the authority of specifically Christian writings, especially in their use of the Fourth Gospel and implementationContinue reading “Scripture among the Apologists: Conclusions”

Scripture among the Apologists: Differences

Yet there are also considerable differences in these apologists’ approaches to written sources as well. Concerning Greco-Roman sources, while Justin remained primarily Platonic, Theophilus was more influenced by the Sibylline Oracles, Homer, and Hesiod. Justin’s philosophical background and prowess were considerably superior to Theophilus’ training, and Justin’s innovate recasting of Greco-Roman philosophical motifs was moreContinue reading “Scripture among the Apologists: Differences”

Scripture among the Apologists: Similarities

The argument of this paper, that Justin and Theophilus each view specifically Christian writings as useful authorities for the construction of their apologetic works, has already been demonstrated. To more fully engage the considerations of the authority with which these two second century apologists viewed Christian sources, this study now offers a comparative analysis ofContinue reading “Scripture among the Apologists: Similarities”