Friday, May 16, 2008

The Apostolic Fathers - Mike Reeves (mp3)

At Theology Network: The Apostolic Fathers (Mike Reeves)
Because church history is cool. And because ‘We are like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants.’ (Bernard of Chartres)

Part 1, Part 2

ht: Dan Hames


  1. "church history is cool..." - yeah, those early church fathers (and Augustine and Luther) were all such wonderful philo-Semites and did so much to provoke the Jewish people to gospel jealousy!

    (Sorry for the sarcy tone, it's nothing personal, but in my experience far too many evangelicals are unaware of the long and depressing history of "Christian" anti-Jewish incitment...)

  2. Granted it's a personal issue for you, you do seem to always comment about it...

    I'm well aware of the history of Christians to sin.

    One of the things I appreciate about Mike is he's not covering up the errors - it must be the case that church history isn't just about approving all who went before, but that we can learn both from their strengths and from their failings - so we can avoid their mistakes.

  3. I've made a response to this question on the comments of my blog if anyone's interested to read.


  4. Thanks Dave & Dan (have seen your response) - I don't mean to come across as a boring one-issue pony but when (as happened last year) I talk to a CU staff worker at a uni with one of the largest Jewish student populations in the country and find that (through no fault of his own) he knows next to nothing about these things, it strikes me that there is a gap in Christians' knowledge - which needs to be addressed. Dan - I'm glad Mike does address it and he seems to go about it in the right way.