Welcome to Patristic Carnival XXVII. I want to think Phil, who normally hosts this blog, for the opportunity, rather, the honor and the blessing to host it this month. Since blogging, I have gained a rather deep admiration for the Church Fathers.
Tradition and the Solas:
Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Ph.D. writes Traditions and Traditions. Along those lines, Dr. John Gerstner writes on Sola Fide and The Franciscan Mafia issues their post on The ‘Sola Scriptura’ Myth (Part 1). Wei Hsien asks, perhaps rather re-asks, Who needs Scripture? And for the Scriptures, the unknown author sends a thank you letter to Paul, Athanasius and Tyndale. Not wanting everyone else to have all the fun, the Theophiliacs posts on Inerrancy.
The Western Confucian points us to a post found here which then points us to a post by a Fundamentalist which declares that the Church Fathers are a door to Rome. (As a recovering Fundamentalist myself, the Church Fathers stand as a door to a firmer Christianity.)
Aaron Tayler, at Logismoi, writes on Coleridge’s ‘Imagination’ & Orthodox Patristic ‘Phantasia’.
Phil, the much respected and originator of this carnival, has two submissions this month.
Examining the Fathers
John Sanidopoulos gives us recommended Patristic resources on John the Baptist while David, at Finding the Way to the Heart, posts on Partistic Affirmation of the Sign of the Cross and Msgr. Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington the Martyrs of the Early Church – Proof of the Power of the Cross.
Roger Pearse gives us a lot of material this month, but here are two of the most interesting:
Esteban posts on πίστις Χριστοῦ with a witness from the Greek Fathers.
Perry takes on Alexander and Arius.
Rob gives his canonical perspective on A Brief Assessment of the Distinction Between “Person” and “Essence” in the Canonical Scriptures. Nearly on the same page, Aaron Rathburn asks, “If the Bible isn’t Trinitarian, should we be?”
Andrew Taylor posts on the Early Church’s views on Wealth.
The Ohio Anglican posts on Augustine.
Will posts early church thoughts on female ordination.
The Reformed Reader writes on Patristics and Systematics.
Byran Owens comments that Christians don’t know what they are talking about.
Bobby Grow, at the Bruised Reed, writes on Patristics, Priests and Protestants.
The Pillar and Ground blog has a post on the Absolute Necessity of Water Baptism as taught among the Fathers.
Elgreca has a few posts mentioning one of my favorite Church Fathers – John Chrysostom. Here, on knowledge, and here as a modern commentary. Byzantine, Texas has a timely quote from John while In Communion has a post on several comments on the Beatitudes by the Fathers, including Chyrostom. Liz Kearns has a quote as well from the saint. The OrthoCuban has a scene from Chrysostom vs. the Empress Eudoxia. This blogger has a post on Chrysostom and the suffering members of the body of Christ. Blake White summarizes ministry lessons from Chrysostom.
I have to wonder how Tertullian would have approached blogging? We don’t have him, but we do have some posts this month on him. Michael Bogart starts us off with a brief history of Montantism. The blogger at Full Circle defends the sacrament of Marriage using, among many others, Tertullian. Fr. Ted uses Tertullian’s famous Athens quote as a jumping off point for a discussion on science and religion. Scott has a post on Baptists, Eucharist and History with a mix of Tertullian. Kyrie Eleison posts on the Proto-Credal Statement in Tertullian while Louis quotes Tertullian on the Kingdom of God.
Nick reviews volume 1 of the Ancient Christian Doctrine series while John Anderson reviews the Ancient Christian Commentary series on the second part of Genesis. While not a review, we find a quote of a book by Pope Benedict on Christ, the Apostles and the Church.
The Logos Blog reports that you can use their software title to research the Church Fathers by Topic.
Not wanting to sully the other fine works of the very fine bloggers, here is my contribution to Patristics this month.
First, I review Ancient Christian Doctrines volume 1 and then followed it up with a series of quotes. I also continued my examination of some of the Arian documents (here, here, and here.) And then I attacked Protestantism. I also ask if biblical interpretation must be literal. Further, here is a post on some of the views on Church Government found in the Fathers. Finally, two quotes here and here.