The History of Christian Doctrine. “History is written by the victors.”. Early-Post Apostolic Writers A.D. 90 -140. 1. Clement of Rome 2. Polycarp 3. Ignatius 4. Hermas 5. Papias 6. Pseudo-Barnabas. Continued Defense Against Heresy.
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“History is written by the victors.”
1. Clement of Rome
1. Clement of Rome
“For whosover does not confess that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, he is Antichrist: and whoever does not confess his suffering upon the cross, is from the devil.” Polycarp to the Phillipians.
“For even our God, Jesus Christ, now that he is in the Father, does so much the more appear. A Christian is not a work of opinion; but of greatness of mind, (especially when he is hated by the world.)” Ignatius to the Romans.
The nature of God.
They used the term essence or substance to refer to God’s nature.
Apologist-They are so called because they wrote apologies, or defenses of the faith, in the Greek language, to the Greeks, from a Greek mindset.
4. Tatianof Syria, a disciple of Justin who eventually became a Gnostic and founded an ascetic sect known as the Encratites (“abstainers”). He wrote Address to the Greeks (c. 150), and he compiled the Diatessaron, the earliest harmony of the Gospels, of which only fragments remain.
5. Melito, bishop of Sardis, of whose writings only fragments remain. He authored Apology, or To Marcus Aurelius (c. 170), On God Incarnate, The Key, Discourse on the Cross, On the Nature of Christ, Discourse on Soul and Body, and On Faith.
6. Theophilus, bishop of Antioch from 168 to 181 and author of To Autolycus, a pagan friend.
7. Athenagoras, a philosopher reportedly of Athens. He addressed his Plea for the Christians (c. 177) to the Roman emperors Marcus Aurelius and Commodus, and also wrote a treatise, On the Resurrection.
“Then they are brought by us where there is water, and are regenerated in the same manner in which we were ourselves regenerated. For, in the name of God, the Father and Lord of the universe, and of our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Spirit, they then receive the washing with water.”
Proof text that the Logos was a separate person. Proverbs 8:22-31 (it is actually talking about wisdom)