I call upon You, Lord, God of Abraham and God of Isaac and God of Jacob and Israel, You who are the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God who, through the abundance of your mercy, was well-pleased towards us so that we may know You, who made heaven and earth, who rules over all, You who are the one and the true God, above whom there is no other God; You who, by our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, give to every one who reads this writing to know You, that You alone are God, to be strengthened in You, and to avoid every heretical and godless and impious teaching.

St Irenaeus of Lyons, Against the Heresies 3:6:4

Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Early Church Telling the Old, Old Story

Christians in the Roman world found themselves in a cultural setting of moral decadence, philosophical relativism and religious pluralism.  However, they narrated the world in a new way.  They did not accommodate the faith to the culture but set forth the faith in a countercultural way.  In a world that had no set beliefs, they proclaimed, “We believe.”  In a world that had no ethic, they proclaimed, “We behave.”  In a world where there was no belonging, they declared, “We belong.”

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