Polycarp is my homeboy…
March 17, 2005 § 10 Comments
I don’t believe I have heretofore expressed my passion for the writings of the early church. I have not nearly studied it with any kind of consistancy, but i love reading, listening to, and talking about church history. And I don’t mean Luther, Spurgeon, and Edwards. I’m talking Justin Martyr, Polycarp, Tertullian, and Origen. Unfortunately, this is a rather specialized geekdom (tho geekdom is an inapproptiate epithet) so I have few people with whom I may discuss.
What I love discovering is how simply these early brothers and sisters accepted Scripture at face value. It probably helped that they had the Apostles, or those directly taught by the Apostles, on hand to ask questions, or to give correction. We have the benefit of those corrections today in Scripture, but for some reason, we are not happy unless we can complicate things. It grieves me how much argument and division exists throughout the Church today over matters that were so simply understood by the Church of the 1st and 2nd century.
Back before heretics were burned at the stake. Define irony.