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    Scholarly Opinions Two notable Church Fathers, Ignatius of Antioch and Origin, had very distinct views of the Eucharist, yet contrasting. First, Ignatius saw the Eucharist as the center of worship because it stressed the focus of the presence of the saving power of Jesus. Ignatius stressed three main points: Ignatius connects the physical elements of the Lord’s Supper with the physicality of Jesus’ body. “Ignatius finds it impossible to take the bread as the flesh of Christ at the ritual and yet

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    Supplemental Book Reading Critique

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    Learning Theology with the Church Fathers by Christopher A. Hall provides an overview of the teachings of several church fathers. Hall does this by highlighting the positions of specific church fathers as they spoke out against heresy in the early church. This provides the reader with a profitable overview of early church history and doctrinal issues that were of greatest concern in the early church. The strongest point of Learning Theology with the Church Fathers is the authors clear knowledge

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    Abortion - Morally Wrong for 3000 Years!

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    the life-principle of the human body. Since from the time of conception the child's body is alive (as shown by the fact it is growing), the child's body must already have its spirit. The approximately 5,000 historic documents of the Early Church Fathers makes numerous references to abortion as a grave sin. The Didache, perhaps the first Christian catechism from 70-90AD, records the following in chapter 2, verses 1-2: "The second commandment of the teaching: You shall not murder. You shall not

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    Can an education be both classical and Christian? Many parents ask this question every year, unknowingly echoing an age-old question. Tertullian, an early church father, was perhaps the first to consider whether these two ideas are compatible when he asked, “What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?” The church fathers continued to wrestle with the question for centuries, most concluding that all ideas that are taken captive for Christ may be used profitably by Christians. Examining this ongoing

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    article he determines that it is difficult to define what tradition is because the church has relied both on the oral and written traditions when constructing scripture. However, Williams identifies the possible definition of tradition lies in the church’s scriptural reformulation and interpretation through the lens of the church’s teaching. Williams continues to explore the problems with tradition because the early church did

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    Summarize the original situation and the meaning of the text for the biblical audience. During this stage in the early church, people from all walks of life were coming to follow Jesus Christ; however, the Gospel message did not go past the Jewish people. This does not mean that only full-blooded Jews were coming to the faith, but “Grecian Jews” were coming to the faith as well. The church was doing what they were supposed to do—support and help out widows and orphans. This service they seemed to understand

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    The fourth element in perspective is viewing Church history through humility. It is understanding that the humanity is an integrate part of the church; therefore, the church is filled with many achievements as well as failures. “We have not done a good job with what we have been given” (Hoskin Lecture). This is true for us as it is for some of those that we study. The teaching and study of church history is important for my ministry because it helps us identify with those who have laid down the

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    Clement of Alexandria

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    The Christian church has endured struggles to remain dominant throughout history. Following the resurrection of Christ, many other religions appeared and quickly gained traction. Within Christianity itself, lied different beliefs all disputing each other. Through this internal fight for dominance, blossomed early church theologians. These theologians conveyed a fresh set of ideals that forever transformed the beliefs in the church. Many of which fought for their specific beliefs and reinforced them

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    The Contributions of St. Augustine and Brigid of Kildare to Christianity St. Augustine and Bridgid of Kildare were two very influential people in the church during the fourth and fifth centuries. St. Augustine and Bridgid of Kildare were most famous for the monasteries that they founded. Both St. Augustine and Bridgid were devout Christians who contributed greatly to the growth of Christianity. Both of these people encouraged the spread of Christianity, the belief in a life of solitude, and

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    individual’s spiritual progress will define their belief structure in what Christ means in their life. Henry Chadwick discussed how Christianity emerged from the apostolic age to the division of the Greek East and Latin West in his book ‘The Early Church.’ Further discussion about the birth of Christianity can be found in the movie ‘Constantine the Great’ that the History Channel shared. There are many aspects about Early Christianity that has helped shape Modern Day Christianity and practices. Early

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