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Clement of Alexandria on Faith, the Mother of the Virtues

Today is the feast day for Clement of Alexandria in the Church of England. Born Titus Flavius Clemens (150-215 AD), Clement is now known as one of the first church fathers and one whose theological syncretism had a profound affect on the theologies of both Origen and Augustine (among others), and through them the rest […]

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Know Thyself: Wolfgang Musculus and the Delphic Oracle

References to the phrase γνῶθι σεαυτὸν (know thyself) etched in stone on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi have for centuries abounded in Western literature, perhaps most significantly in the works of Plato. This phrase was also frequently cited by Protestants during and after the Reformation. A simple search of the various phrases γνῶθι σεαυτὸν, […]

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What Is Catechesis?

Before moving on to the loci proper, of which the first is “On God” (de Deo), Chytraeus sets about defining “catechesis.” In some, though not all, editions of this work, there is a question at the very beginning concerning what catechesis is. But he goes to greater lengths and answers in more detail here. Catechesis […]

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“What Is Theology?”

A pithy and useful definition of theology from the Catechism of the Lutheran David Chytraeus (1530-1600): Quid est theologia seu Doctrina Christiana? Theologia est doctrina de DEI essentia et voluntate ac beneficiis generi humano propter Christum meidatorem exhibitis, et cultibus ipsi vicissim debitis, patefacta in verbo Dei per Prophetas et Apostolos tradito, et illustribus testimoniis […]

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The Platonism of Martin Luther

Martin Luther’s ubiquitous criticisms of Aristotle were once considered to be, by such interpreters as Harnack and Barth for example, a wholesale attack on the natural capacity of the intellect to discern the truth from created realities, i.e., philosophically. More recent readers of Luther, such as Lohse, Gerrish, Zachman, et alia, have recognized this criticism […]