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From a Biblical perspective, I don't understand why one should be incredulous about Irenaeus' claims. Jesus said He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do [John 14:12]. The Synaxaria tell of other Christian saints who were granted the gift of raising the dead. These include: Eudokia the ...


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Yes, there is no doubt that Irenaeus was speaking of some raising the dead in his own time. The following extract contains the words by Irenaeus that appear to be cited by Eusebius and criticised by Gibbon. Irenaeus is comparing the powerlessness of his opponents to perform miracles with what the Christian brotherhood is capable of performing. After ...


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Christians from both sides of the continuation of spiritual gifts debate understand Irenaeus's quote here more charitably than Gibbon, and do not see it as evidence that people were being raised from the dead in the late 2nd century. I'll refer to the writings of cessationist B. B. Warfield and charismatic Ronald A. N. Kydd. Warfield addresses Gibbon ...


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To my knowledge, no Church Father ever connected "Speaking in Tongues" - Glossolalia - with anything other than existing human languages. Dr. Nathan Busenitz wrote a very detailed paper comparing what the Church Fathers believed and wrote regarding glossolalia with contemporary Pentecostal beliefs. His conclusion was that there was no evidence that any ...


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"Blueprint" implies that the Church was yet to be constructed, but this is not the case. Its establishment at Pentecost was documented in the Acts of the Apostles, and the Praxapostolos of the New Testament documents its earliest years. I don't think the allusions to the future (e.g. until we all attain to the unity of the faith) refer to how the Church ...



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