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Relating to first several centuries of the Christian church; usually considered to end in the 4th century

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Defenders of the Trinity have historically argued that Jesus assumed a soul in the incarnation, not before. Aquinas deals with exactly this question in the Summa (III.6.3), arguing that the soul of J …
answered Jun 13 '17 by Nathaniel is protesting
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The earliest indication may be in the Didache, typically dated at the end of the first century. It describes the celebration of the Lord's Supper in terms of the cup and breaking bread, and then says …
answered Jul 15 '16 by Nathaniel is protesting
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J. N. D. Kelly (Early Christian Doctrines) contends that the early conception of the real presence was the result of a connection made between the OT sacrificial system and the eucharist. Citing the …
answered Feb 8 '18 by Nathaniel is protesting
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The Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity says, in its entry on "Child": Christians took in these exposed children to save them, though often they could do nothing more than bury them, as the tombs …
answered Aug 22 '17 by Nathaniel is protesting
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Wikipedia's list of Christian heresies turns up Audianism. This fourth-century group understood Genesis 1:27 to teach that God has a body like men. This is a form of anthropomorphism, which is more …
answered Jul 20 '15 by Nathaniel is protesting
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A satisfactory answer requires that we examine the development of the Apostles' Creed through history. We'll deal with the question in three parts: Does today's version match that of the apostles? …
answered Jan 14 '16 by Nathaniel is protesting
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First of all, it's worth noting the this work is not the first century Didache, which also goes by the name "Teaching of the Twelve Apostles," or even the third century Didascalia Apostolorum. Instea …
answered Jan 25 '18 by Nathaniel is protesting
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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 …
answered Jul 1 '16 by Nathaniel is protesting
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Justin's Dialogue with Trypho is usually dated toward the end of his life, after AD 155. According to Craig D. Allen, this is largely based on evidence that it was written after his First Apology, wh …
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Prohibition on teaching Tertullian does indeed forbid Christians from pursuing the profession of a school teacher, in De Idololatria, Chapter 10: Undoubtedly Christians are not allowed to be scho …
answered Apr 21 '16 by Nathaniel is protesting
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Thanks to books like Left Behind, the English word rapture often conjures up images of bodies mysteriously disappearing into thin air, followed by several years of severe tribulation, leading up to th …
answered Oct 6 '15 by Nathaniel is protesting
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It's not free, and it's not complete, but The Fathers of the Church: A New Translation is the closest thing to a complete set of the writings of the church fathers that I've seen in English. It inclu …
answered Jan 23 '17 by Nathaniel is protesting
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The "early church" is indeed an imprecise term, but academically a loose consensus exists. A survey of books and college courses indicates that the end point of the "early church" is most often ident …
answered Jul 17 '16 by Nathaniel is protesting
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The Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity on this topic points us to The Shepherd of Hermas. This work is dated to about the same time as the Didache (last first or early second century) and bears som …
answered Jan 27 '17 by Nathaniel is protesting
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Scholars typically interpret Justin Martyr's "old man" historically as a Christian teacher or figuratively as a literary device, and some argue that Justin paints him into the narrative specifically a …
answered Jul 25 '16 by Nathaniel is protesting

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