The fathers of the early church

Patristic studies encompasses learning from the earliest christian scholars the meaning of scripture and our liturgical celebrations. These early insights provide the foundation for our current explorations of the faith.

Catholic Eastern Churches

By Steve Puluka on 01-May-10 08:56. Comments (0)

There are twenty-two eastern churches in communion with Rome. These vary in size from quite large with multiple bishops and a patriarchate to quite small without any episcopal leadership at all. All but two have direct counterparts in the Orthodox communions that are parallel in liturgy and discipline. This table attempts to organize the relationship of these many independent churches to each other and their traditional roots. The first column "Eastern Communion" denotes the three major sub-divisions of Orthodox communions. These are the direct result of how various early churches accepted the first seven ecumenical councils that helped define and shape christianity.

Patristic Bibliography in English

By Steve Puluka on 05-Jul-09 13:11. Comments (2)

This attempts to organize some of the English language resources for Patristic studies. We move from the most general to the more specific. I also include sections at the end for important foreign language translations of patristic literature and the sources for the the original texts in Greek and Latin. The universe of patristic studies is large. Thus this is necessarily a small subset that I have culled based on my own experiences.

Bibliography of Church History

By Steve Puluka on 13-Jun-09 08:47. Comments (0)

Categories: General Bibliography Cultural & Religious Background Early Church History Controversies & Councils Eastern Catholic Church Histories Eastern Catholic Jurisdictions in the US

Foucault & Augustine

By Steve Puluka on 23-Mar-09 20:53. Comments (3)

Foucault was born in 1926 in Poitiers, France to moderately wealthy parents. He grew up in Poitiers in the shadow of World War II. At the conclusion of the war he went to Paris in 1946 and studied at École Normale Supérieure earning his license in Philosophy in 1948 and another in Psychology in 1949 and his agrégation in Philosophy in 1952. The École Normale Supérieure is an extremely prestigious school established under Napoleanic charter.

The Protevangelium of James

By Steve Puluka on 20-Mar-09 19:39. Comments (1)

Protevangelium of James (PJ) is the title given by the Latin translator Postel in 1552. The manuscript tradition offers a wide variety of titles. The oldest manuscript is titled "Nativity of Mary, Revelation of James." The attribution to James the brother of the Lord is universal, but almost certainly pseudonymous. The PJ is widely regarded as the earliest and most influential of the apocryphal Nativity books. Thomas' "Nativity of Mary" is the only account that may predate the PJ, but this is the minority opinion.

Basil's Hexaemeron

By Steve Puluka on 20-Mar-09 18:57. Comments (0)

The term Hexaemeron is used in reference to homilies on the six days of creation. This series of nine sermons by St. Basil was preached during morning and evening services during the Great Fast. The exact date is not known, but they are believed to be after his elevation to the episcopate in Cesarea. Amand De Mendieta dates them to 378-79.

John Chrysostom

By Steve Puluka on 20-Mar-09 18:46. Comments (0)

John Chrysostom is perhaps the best known and most widely quoted preacher from the eastern fathers. His very name is testimony to the high regard for his work, Chrysostom is Greek for "Golden Mouth." His sermons were wildly popular, people from all walks of life came to Church just to here him speak. Many would leave after the sermon, prompting John to begin preaching his sermon right before the distribution of communion to insure that people would still be there to receive, a practice that remains in many Greek Orthodox Churches to this day.

Scripture Inspiration

By Steve Puluka on 20-Mar-09 17:55. Comments (1)

This paper will explore the status of patristic studies regarding the role of the Holy Spirit in the inspiration of scripture. This survey of the current literature in the field organizes the material based on the different expressions of inspiration observed in the patristic literature. Various scholars observe many of the same thought patterns in patristic authors. Related scholarly observations are placed side by side. This should facilitate a full view of the status of that observation.

Eastern Church History

By Steve Puluka on 20-Mar-09 17:31. Comments (0)

The first Christians build a faith around communion and union with each other in love and prayer. As they grew in size and admitted gentiles many conflicts arose. The natural structure of civil government was adopted and councils of Bishops met to resolve differences.

Athanasius of Alexandria

By Steve Puluka on 12-Mar-09 19:39. Comments (0)

Athanasius stands out as one of the most prominent and influential theologians in the Christian east. He was born about 297 in Alexandria and attended the Nicean council of 325 as the assistant to Bishop Alexander of Alexandria. About three years after the council he succeeded Alexander as Bishop.

Patristic Biblical Exegesis

By on 10-Mar-09 20:59. Comments (0)

Those first apostles and preachers of Christ worked tirelessly to maintain the truth of Christ's teaching are known as the Fathers of the Church. From the beginning of Christianity, even in the pages of scripture itself, we see discussion on what the impact of the Gospel should be in the believers community.