Ancient Wisdom for Head and Heart
What do the church fathers have to teach us today? Two new Accordance resources apply the wisdom of the fathers to the study of theology and the practice of personal devotion.
Ancient Christian Doctrine
Similar in format to the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, Ancient Christian Doctrine is a five-volume commentary on the Nicene creed. The theological concepts articulated in each phrase of the creed are examined and illuminated with passages from various early church fathers.
For example, the section on the term “Almighty” begins with a discussion of its historical context. The term began as a title for the God of Israel expressing his rule over all things. Over time, this concept led to discussions of the extent of God’s power and ability—an articulation of the attribute of omnipotence.
This introduction to the historical context of the term “Almighty” is then followed by excerpts from such fathers as Theophilus of Antioch, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Athanasius, Augustine, Cyril of Jerusalem, etc. Because each one looks at divine omnipotence from a slightly different angle, we learn to appreciate that attribute in all its multi-faceted splendor.
When it comes to exploring historical theology, there is perhaps no more convenient way to go “to the sources” than with Ancient Christian Doctrine.
Ancient Christian Devotional
What Ancient Christian Doctrine does for the head, the Ancient Christian Devotional does for the heart. This devotional presents the current week’s readings from the Revised Common Lectionary, followed by prayers and inspirational commentary on those readings from the fathers.
This week’s devotion begins with an opening prayer from the Gregorian sacramentary, followed by a reading from 2 Kings 2 which records the assumption of Elijah. The reader is then given excerpts from Origen and Augustine discussing the meaning of Elisha’s request for a “double portion” of Elijah’s spirit. The New Testament and Gospel readings are likewise followed by interesting and inspirational reflections from the fathers.
Whether you’re looking for ancient wisdom for the head or for the heart, these resources enable you to drink deeply from the teaching of the early church fathers.
Ancient Christian Doctrine / Devotional Set
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