Category Archives: Commonplaces

Rule-keeping vs. Christlikeness

“Give a church a rule and you guide them for a day; teach a church to think and you guide them for life.” N.T. Wright, Acts for Everyone, Part 2 (Louisville, WJK: 2008), 51. Advertisements

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The Preacher’s Rest

Words put in the mouth of Peter by the author of The Clementine Homilies: “I wish you to know, that he who does anything with pleasure, finds rest in the very toils themselves; but he who does not do what … Continue reading

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No Injury Without Sin

Patristic interpretation of the results of Adam’s fall for the rest of creation: But you will say, He [God] Himself is the cause of evil, since He Himself produces the evils through it.  What sort, then, are the evils of … Continue reading

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Pseudo-Clement on Rhetoric

The value of rhetoric in service of the truth: Liberal learning has conferred upon me the power of orderly narration, and of stating those things clearly for which there is occasion.  And if we use learning in asserting the errors … Continue reading

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Baptize Your Infants

From The Constitutions of the Holy Apostles (@380ad): Do you also baptize your infants, and bring them up in the nurture and admonition of God. For says He: “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not.” ANF … Continue reading

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Created to Worship

Lactantius on the chief end of man: I come now to that which is the chief and greatest part of this work—to teach in what manner or by what sacrifice God must be worshipped. For that is the duty of … Continue reading

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Arnobius on Banning Books

Unafraid of the truth: For when you would carry off writings, and suppress a book given forth to the public, you are not defending the gods, but dreading the evidence of the truth. ANF 6: Fathers of the Third Century, Seven Books of … Continue reading

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