Monthly Archives: July 2009

Chrysostom: An Early Jimmy Swaggart?

Johannes Quasten, Patrology, vol. III: The Golden Age of Patristic Literature (Westminster: Christian Classics, 1990) 459-460. John Chrysostom was a Christian thinker who lived during the fourth century C.E.  Quasten states regarding Chrysostom’s work, On the Priesthood: Only a few … Continue reading

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Beer Night (For Obama, Gates, and Crowley)

I’ve been changing my mind who knows how many times during this whole Gates-Crowley controversy. First, there was President Obama’s press conference, in which he remarked that the Cambridge police had acted “stupidly” in its treatment of Professor Gates. Right-wing … Continue reading

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Neatness and Morality

Frederick Copleston, A History of Philosophy, Volume I: Greece and Rome (Westminster: Newman, 1959) 433. Epictetus was a Stoic philosopher who lived in the first-second centuries C.E. Copleston states regarding Epictetus’ views on bodily and moral cleanliness: Duties towards oneself … Continue reading

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John Chysostom and New Testament Scholarship

Johannes Quasten, Patrology, vol. III: The Golden Age of Patristic Literature (Westminster: Christian Classics, 1990) 437. John Chrysostom was a Christian thinker who lived during the fourth century C.E. In his Homilies on the Gospel of St. Matthew, he states … Continue reading

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Can God Be Virtuous?

Frederick Copleston, A History of Philosophy, Volume I: Greece and Rome (Westminster: Newman, 1959) 415-416. Carneades of Cyrene was a skeptic in the third-second centuries B.C.E. Copleston discusses Carneades’ critique of religion, particularly Stoicism. The following is interesting: The Stoic … Continue reading

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Water Baptism: A Magic Bullet?

Johannes Quasten, Patrology, vol. III: The Golden Age of Patristic Literature (Westminster: Christian Classics, 1990) 374. Cyril of Jerusalem was a Christian thinker of the fourth century C.E. He states regarding water baptism: Do not think of the font as … Continue reading

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“Lukewarm”: A Discussion

In Revelation 3:15-22, Jesus says the following to the church at Laodicea: “I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor … Continue reading

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