Monday, March 03, 2008

Patristic Carnival IX

I'm honored to be hosting the Patristic Carnival again. This is the ninth one and hopefully we'll have many more to come as the world of Patristic blogging continues to grow. Phil Snider is the founder of this carnival so first of all - thanks Phil! If anyone is interested in hosting one of the carnivals, be sure to let Phil know.

Those interested in the Patristic Carnival are doubtlessly also interested in the Biblical Studies Carnival so be sure and check out their latest installment.

I had originally intended to make a video introduction for this carnival. I had a pretty cool idea for it - I just forgot that I had a family and don't have time to do silly projects like I used to. Maybe next time! As always, please respond in the comments with additional posts that I should have included!

Finally my disclaimer: The reader doth hereby agree to understand that my endorsement only applies to that material, herewith linked, which is true and shall utterly refuse to associate "The God Fearin Forum" with subsequent material which is false. By having read this paragraph - the reader has affirmed his or her full consent. :)

Let's begin shall we:

Prior carnival host Weekend Fisher examines the internal evidence for the authenticity of the gospel of John. Great post!

Singing in the Reign has this excellent post regarding the Greek word "hupomnemasin" or "memoirs" (as used by Justin Martyr) to justify viewing the gospels as biographical in genre.

Mere Muslim argues that the NT texts cannot be substantially pieced together by early Church father quotes here.

The blog "Walking Together" examines Ignatius to the Philadelphians here. Whereas the Orthodox blog Ora Et Labora has a different spin on this early martyr's writings. Meanwhile, Archaic Christianity Blog continues its examination of Ignatius to the Ephesians in part four. He also considers some of the particulars about the Greek text here.

Thomas Smith discusses in brief, the early fathers on poverty issues and ponders which ways modern Christians may be similar or dissimilar.

TheBibleGeek posted a new (or updated) info page for Pope Clement I and for the Didache.

Puritan Lad argues that Athenagoras preached amillennialism.

Lutheran Pastor, William Weedon, posts a collection of Lutheran-friendly Patristic quotes here. (I'm sure the proof texts will prove useful to any Protestant polemicist).

Lutheran seminarian, Christopher Heren, bemoans this awful podcast about the ancient mysticism of Christianity and its potential to harm the modern evangelical "church" here.

From my heart, Out of my mind ponders the rise in evangelical interest in the early Church here.

Phil Snider, (founder of this carnival) reviews the book "Getting to Know the Church Fathers. An Evangelical Introduction" and continues his ongoing translation work for "Sulpicius Severus, Life of St. Martin".

Wedgewords remarks on Bishop Ridley's Brief Declaration arguing that the Church Fathers did not believe in Transubstantiation here.

An Orthodox student, Esteban Vazquez responds to April DeConick and offers this insightful response to the question of the relationship between 'Athens and Jerusalem'. Additionally, see his comments on this video re: St. John Chrysostom's contribution to Orthodox worship.

Mike Aquilina's contributions are as follows:

A review of Michael Geisler's Christian-Historical fiction, "Marcus"
A discussion (and prayer) of 3rd century martyr, St. Agatha
A brief discussion on the Church Fathers' skill at Scriptural interpretation as explained by Father Kruz.
On the ancient practice of receiving Christ on the tongue.
A discussion of the Church fathers on fasting.
On lighthouses in Christian art.
On early Jewish-Christian relations.
On Pope Benedict XVI's address on St. Augustine here and here.

Thoughts on Antiquity remarks on the recent discovery of the missing 5th century page containing a list of Christian martyrs here.


From the same blog, Chris Weimer notifies the blogging world of two new bloggers - at least one of which, Peter Kirby, will likely be of high interest to patristic bloggers. Also from the same blog, Roger Pearse continues discussion of the translation work he's been doing on Eusebius and the Arabic Church fathers (specifically see this post regarding the Al-Majdalus Commentary on the Nicene Creed). For Eusebius, see translation parts zero, one, two, three and four.

Sorry for missing these!

*End Addendum*

Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean has a podcast on early Christian portraits of Jesus here. posts Arthur Klem's article on Tertullian here.

Dave Armstrong at Biblical Evidence for Catholicism posts a resource for Mary as the Ark of the Covenant in the Church Fathers. He also posts on Origen re: faith, works and judgement.

Thos at Ecumenicity reviews the book Mary and the Fathers of the Church.

Andrew Preslar, Former Traditional Anglican seminarian who was received into the Catholic Church only last month reflects on Cardinal Newman's essays on development and the pagan sources for various Christian traditions. Welcome to the patristic blogging world Andrew!

Jeff Pinyan at TheCrossReference begins his series on five different homilies from Pope Leo the Great: Intro, First, Second and fourth. (I'm not sure what happened to three) He also compares the Eucharistic Prayer II as it is used today with the prayer it is based on from Hippolytus. Finally, he begins a review of the book, "Pagan Christianity" which makes (as I understand it) some fairly hefty claims about the ancient Church.

Tentmaker posts a video on Godtube regarding the early Church's beliefs on hell here. (Reminder, do not consider this an endorsement!)

I had three humble contributions this go-round. All three on St. Clement of Alexandria. First, on his views of Sexuality in the Old Testament and second, on his comments regarding the discrimination against the celibate in the secular world of his time. Finally, I posted on 'sola scriptura', Church unity & authority here.

Apocryphal Corner:

Tim4Christ argues here that Irenaeus and other fathers were aware of the same gospel of Judas as was recently re-discovered and April DeConick argues the opposite (or rather an agnostic standpoint at best) here. Jim Davila reviews her book on the gospel of Judas here.

Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean has a podcast on sex & salvation in the gospel of Philip.

Ok that's all folks. I wish I had more time to work on this - there's really much more that could be done.


Roger Pearse said...


Thank you for giving this interesting list.

Someone might want to mention some of the material that I've been posting at Thoughts on Antiquity relating to translating Eusebius, and stuff about the Arabic Christian Fathers.

All the best,

Roger Pearse

Tim A. Troutman said...

Thanks for bringing that up. I saw those and meant to go back and add them and I didn't.

Sorry! They've been added now.

Chris said...

Thank you for mentioning me, however I must point out I am not technically a seminarian YET :-D.