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On the Apostolic Preaching (Popular Patristics)On the Apostolic Preaching (Popular Patristics)
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Irenaeus was the most important theologian in the second-century church. First discovered in 1904, On the Apostolic Preaching is an apologetic work defending the apostolic office and has been translated from Armenian. It summarizes the essentials of the Christian faith, quoting frequently from the Old Testament, and seeks to prove Jesus was the Messiah.

About the Popular Patristics Series
The Popular Patristics series published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press provides readable and accurate translations of a broad range of early Christian literature to a wide audience--from students of Christian history to lay Christians reading for spiritual benefit.

Recognized Patristic scholars provide short but comprehensive and clear introductory essays according to their specializations for each volume.

Texts include classics of Christian literature, thematic volumes, homily collections, letters, spiritual guidance, and poetical works from a wide variety geographical contexts and historical backgrounds. The purpose of the series is to mine the riches of the early church and to make these invaluable writings available to all.
     

 
Against the Heresies, Book 1  (Ancient Christian Writers)Against the Heresies, Book 1 (Ancient Christian Writers)
St. Irenaeus
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Written in the 2nd century, this book is Irenaeus' principle work in existence. It is a strong refutation of Gnostic thought, emphasizing a bodily resurrection and glorification for all the redeemed. Irenaeus is perhaps the first systematic theologian in the history of the church, and his work is still important today.
     

 
Irenaeus of LyonsIrenaeus of Lyons
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Eric Osborn's book presents a major study of Ireneaus, bishop of Lyons, who attacked Gnostic theosophy with positive ideas as well as negative critiques. Ireneaus' combination of argument and imagery, logic and aesthetic, was directed to a new document, the Christian bible. Dominated by a Socratic love of truth and a classical love of beuty, he was a founder of western humanism. Erasmus, who edited the first printed edition of Ireneaus, praised him for his freshness and vigour. He is today valued for his splendid aphorisms, his optimism, love of the created world, evolutionary view of history, theology of beauty and humour. Why have two millennia of European culture been so creative? Ireneaus points to the sources: Greek ways of thinking and the Christian bible. Ireneaus' thought is complex, yet infinitely rewarding to the critical reader, and this full study of it will be of interest to theologians, historians of ideas, classicists, scientists and students.
     

 
Scandal Of The IncarnationScandal Of The Incarnation
Hans Urs von Balthasar
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St. Irenaeus was the first great Christian theologian. Born in Asia Minor in about 130 A.D., be became Bishop of Lyons and died as a martyr early in the third century. This work is a critique of Gnosticism, the 'anti-body' heresy, which, far from dying out, continues to flourish as the main threat to the Christian faith in our own day. With serenity and good humor, Irenaeus unfolds the unity of God's purpose in creation and redemption, in Old and New Testaments. The flesh and blood which Gnositicism so despises has been assumed by God in the womb of the Virgin Mary, and glorified in the Resurrection and the Eucharist.
     

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