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The Tale of John Chrysostom’s Letter to Caesarius: Eucharist, Dogma, Textual Criticism, and Propaganda

Around the year 1548, Peter Martyr Vermigli published the following quote from John Chrysostom, said to be from a letter to Caesarius the monk: For as [in the eucharist] before the bread is consecrated, we call it bread, but when the grace of God by the Spirit has consecrated it, it is no longer called […]

Archive Authors E.J. Hutchinson Early Church Fathers Nota Bene

Good Works?

Westminster Confession of Faith 16.7 may seem to be one of those spots where we can see how mean and anti-human Protestants are: VII. Works done by unregenerate men, although for the matter of them they may be things which God commands; and of good use both to themselves and others: yet, because they proceed not […]

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“My Kingdom Is Not of This World” (4)

Today we get into our DeLorean and step further back in time for the fourth part in our series for a patristic witness. John Chrysostom’s comments from his 83rd Homily on the Gospel of John follow. Text My Kingdom is not of this world. He leads upwards Pilate who was not a very wicked man, […]

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Speaking Wisdom to the Perfect

In 1 Corinthians 2:6, Paul writes, “But we speak wisdom among the perfect.” What is this “wisdom” (σοφίαν), and who are “the perfect” (τοῖς τελείοις)? John Chrysostom thinks that the “wisdom” referred to is nothing other than the Gospel, and that the “perfect” are simply believers in that Gospel. In other words, for Christians there […]

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Chrysostom on the New Heaven and the New Earth

Last week I posted on Augustine on the new heaven and new earth. This week, here is something similar from John Chrysostom, one of Calvin’s favorite commentators. What follows is from his fourteenth Homily on Romans–in particular, his comments on Rom. 8:19-21. It will be evident that his position is similar to what we observed […]

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A New Star in the Protestant Firmament

Alister McGrath writes in his survey of the history of Protestantism, Christianity’s Dangerous Idea, 90–91: [John Calvin’s] rise to prominence began in September 1536. The city of Lausanne was debating whether to follow Geneva and accept the principles of the Reformation. Farel and Viret traveled to Lausanne, bringing Calvin with them, to take part in the […]