So I decided to nerd it up over the weekend and read A Commonitory by Vincent of Lérins in full, written circa 434. In it, I came across a very interesting section on the development of doctrine. Below are a few excerpts from the chapter. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Chapter XXIII – On Development in Religious Knowledge But … Continue reading Vincent of Lérins on Development of Doctrine
I have been finishing reading Theology and Sanity by Frank Sheed. It has been a long chore because he is taking my mind to heights I did not realize we would ascend when first we set out. The following is a section called "A Social Religion" which I found fascinating enough to post. Why this … Continue reading A Social Religion by Frank Sheed
It seems that most Christians who study the early church love Irenaeus. It’s probably because he battled the gnostic heresies so well in his 5-volume work Against Heresies in the 180s A.D. Since there are no more Valentinians or Marcionites (at least not purposefully) we can all look to him as a hero of the … Continue reading What else does Irenaeus say?
When faced with the difficulties of properly interpreting Scripture, friends and family often fall back on a statement like, “Well the Gospel is simple and we’re given that straight. So as long as you have this, you’re good.” This is the “fundamentalist” mindset; we accept the fundamentals of the faith and everything else is up … Continue reading Robert Hugh Benson on the “simplicity” of the New Testament
This is a continuation of the discourse from the last post about a Protestant apologist named Charlie Campbell and how people like him are one of the reasons I’ll probably be entering the Roman Catholic Church soon. Alongside bad history, Charlie Campbell, in his attempts to set up “ah-ha!” moments in our minds against the … Continue reading Are Protestant Apologists Ushering People into the Roman Catholic Church? Part II
In Protestant arguments against Catholicism, one of the main issues brought up is the “invention” of doctrines later on (i.e. “Catholics invented transubstantiation in 1215.”) This line of argumentation seems to stem from the doctrine of sola scriptura and the belief that God wrote down everything He wanted us to know at the beginning and … Continue reading Development of Doctrine