Tuesday, March 24, 2015

ANF V: Cyprian Eludications

Ante-Nicene Fathers Volume 5

Cyprian: Treatises Elucidations

As with other elucidations in this volume, these are primarily concerned with demonstrating how at odds Cyprian is with his later Roman Catholic apologists. And while I think the editors have a good point, I also think at times they push it too far. It is true that Cyprian would have had no patience with the Roman Catholic church structure, but it's also true that he would have had even less patience with most Protestant ones. As with most of the church fathers, it's really best just to thank God for His faithfulness to them, try to emulate their patient endurance under persecution, take what is good and true from their writings, and remember when we encounter the bad that they are sinners just as we are and that someday people will read our writings and have the same sorts of mixed reactions.

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