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  1. Nice Post, to bring Tertullian before our eyes is historic and simply good stuff. On a side note, Philip Schaff’s work is always good. Note his Mercersburg theology…an American-German Reformed Church theology; liturgical, sacramental and Christological, within the center of patristic thought and Reformation teaching. Would that the Reformed Church returned more here!
    Fr. R.

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  2. Joel,
    I would like to see that context! Everything that I have read about Schaff, or read from Schaff, shows that he was a sound Reformed Christian, seeking to return the Reformation and the Reformed Church to the Apostles Doctrine and certain patristics. He did believe in a certain mystical strain in the Eucharist. But again, I have never heard of any “universalist” position strictly speaking. Please if you have it (quote and text, etc.), do share it?
    Fr. R.

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  3. Joel: thanks for this passage from Tertullian. Yes, I love the community emphasis that is quite evidence, as God was worshiped.

    But where are the candles and so on? 😀

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  4. Yeah, a blogging Tertullian sounds inviting. But what temperament are you referring to above?

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  5. So my attempt at some good humor at the expense of Tertullian didn’t work? Maybe next time around. 😉

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  6. I will see if I can find my source. Regardless, his tireless work on bringing the Patristics to the English world is to be commended.

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  7. I doubt it, really. Tertullian wasn’t much for ‘flair’. Seriously, I would love to have seen him blog.

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  8. He was a rigorist. He liked things black and white, and minimal living. Further, if you read his writings, he liked to use ad hominem arguments against his opponants, and really push them into a corner.

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  9. We could use a few more in his ability! Real argument is a lost art today. Ad hom, was more along those lines in his day also, personal but within the argument. It is sad to see really that so many modern Christians have not read and know so little about him.
    And bad math..what the heck is that?
    Fr. R.

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  10. Christian levity? And toward Tertullian…very oxymoron again! Shame! (I am trying not to laugh..lol)

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