Faith of our Fathers

Faith of Our Fathers: Irenaeus’s On the Apostolic Preaching (pt. 5)

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5. Logos and Reality After establishing his Trinitarian theological framework, Irenaeus offers what one may call a narrative catechism, walking the reader through all major biblical events from Genesis and the creation of human beings to Christ’s coming as the fulfillment of God’s promises to Israel. To no one’s surprise, Irenaeus reads the scriptures Christologically [...]

Faith of Our Fathers: Irenaeus’s On the Apostolic Preaching (pt. 4)

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4.Completing the Trinity:  The Spirit and the Baptism of Regeneration The third pillar of the Christian faith in Irenaeus’ baptism formula is the Holy Spirit, whom he describes as “the Wisdom of the Father of all,” (p. 46) and as an agent of regeneration and illumination: The Holy Spirit, through whom the prophets prophesied and [...]

Faith of Our Fathers: Irenaeus’s On the Apostolic Preaching (pt. 3)

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3. The “Recapitulation” of All Things In our last post, we had begun to look at Irenaeus’s commentary on the Trinitarian baptismal formula. The first pillar of the Christian faith was the nature of God the Father. Another crucial element of the Christian faith is the work of the Son through the incarnation. It is [...]

Faith of our Fathers: Irenaeus’s On the Apostolic Preaching (pt. 2)

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“Faith of our Fathers” is a series from The Humanist Lens authored by Jens Zimmermann, Canada Research Chair in Interpretation, Religion and Culture. The goal of the series is to emphasize the importance of understanding the church fathers for contemporary Christians of all stripes–especially when it comes to the difficult task of biblical interpretation. Even [...]

Faith of our Fathers: Irenaeus’s On the Apostolic Preaching (pt. 1)

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“Faith of our Fathers” is a new series from The Humanist Lens authored by Jens Zimmermann, Canada Research Chair in Interpretation, Religion and Culture. The goal of the series is to emphasize the importance of understanding the church fathers for contemporary Christians of all stripes–especially when it comes to the difficult task of biblical interpretation. [...]

Faith of our Fathers: Introducing a New Mini-Series from The Humanist Lens

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Faith of our Fathers is a new series from The Humanist Lens authored by Jens Zimmermann, Canada Research Chair in Interpretation, Religion and Culture. The goal of the series is to emphasize the importance of understanding the church fathers for contemporary Christians of all stripes–especially when it comes to the difficult task of biblical interpretation. Enjoy! [...]

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