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St. Irenaeus; the demonstration of the apostolic preaching (edition 1920)

by Irenaeus of Lyon, J. Armitage Robinson (Editor)

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St. Irenaeus is the most important theologian of the second century, laying the foundation for all future Christian thinkers. Irenaeus tells us that he had known Polycarp, who had himself known the apostles and been appointed by them as the bishop of the church of Smyrna. This direct contact with the immediate successors of the apostles was of importance for Irenaeus in his later defense of Christian practice and teaching. The Demonstration of the Apostolic Preaching, newly translated here from the ancient Armenian version, presents the same vision with exceptional clarity and simplicity. Written at the end of the second century, it outlines Christian teaching in a non-polemical, non-apologetic manner. The second century was an age not unlike our own: drawing upon various elements from a plethora of religions, the Gnostics conjured up their own diverse gods. In response to this, Irenaeus exhorts his readers to hold fast to Scripture, and simply to see what is.… (more)
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Title:St. Irenaeus; the demonstration of the apostolic preaching
Authors:Irenaeus of Lyon
Other authors:J. Armitage Robinson (Editor)
Info:London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1920.
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Strikingly orthodox for such an early work, but thenthe version which survives is a much later manuscript of a translation so it may have been smoothed out over time; notable also for its strong reliance on the Jewish tradition ( )
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St. Irenaeus is the most important theologian of the second century, laying the foundation for all future Christian thinkers. Irenaeus tells us that he had known Polycarp, who had himself known the apostles and been appointed by them as the bishop of the church of Smyrna. This direct contact with the immediate successors of the apostles was of importance for Irenaeus in his later defense of Christian practice and teaching. The Demonstration of the Apostolic Preaching, newly translated here from the ancient Armenian version, presents the same vision with exceptional clarity and simplicity. Written at the end of the second century, it outlines Christian teaching in a non-polemical, non-apologetic manner. The second century was an age not unlike our own: drawing upon various elements from a plethora of religions, the Gnostics conjured up their own diverse gods. In response to this, Irenaeus exhorts his readers to hold fast to Scripture, and simply to see what is.

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