The Religion of the Apostles (De Young): Orthodox Christianity in the First Century / January 01, 2021
Requires Accordance 11.2 or above.
Father Dr. Stephen De Young traces the lineage of Orthodox Christianity back to the faith and witness of the apostles, which was rooted in a first-century Jewish worldview. The Religion of the Apostles presents the Orthodox Christian Church of today as a continuation of the religious life of the apostles, which in turn was a continuation of the life of the people of God since the beginning of creation.
About the Author: Father Stephen De Young is the pastor of Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church (Antiochian) in Lafayette, Louisiana. He holds a PhD in Biblical Studies from Amridge University and is the host of The Whole Counsel of God podcast and co-host of the Lord of Spirits podcast on Ancient Faith Radio. He is also the author of The Whole Counsel Blog on the Ancient Faith Ministries website. For years Fr. Stephen has been teaching the Bible by taking ideas current in biblical scholarship and explaining them to laypeople to make both those ideas and the Scriptures more accessible.
- Authors: Stephen De Young
- Publisher: Ancient Faith Publishing
- Publish Date: January 1, 2021
- ISBN: 9781944967550
- # of Pages: 320
- Level: Basic, Popular, Student, Teacher
- Tradition: Eastern Orthodox
- Language: English
- Categories: Theology
- Publisher Categories: RELIGION / Christian Theology / General
- Min Acc Version: 11.2
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I was very intrigued by the title, and eagerly added this to my library and dived right in. As it’s a very concise work, I was able to get through it rather quickly. Unfortunately, however, the content didn’t quite live up to the title. Rather than a historical exposition of Apostolic belief and practice, what I found could better be described as sectarian apologetics. Far too often, contemporary doctrine is elaborated as the explanation of a matter with zero first century reference or basis whatsoever. While there is SOME elaboration of the early church’s religion, mostly what you can expect is a rather eisegetical study of assorted NT topics.
An example of this would be the author’s treatment of the Sabbath. He explains that Christ was in the ground on the seventh day and rose on the first thus ‘fulfilling’ the Sabbath and transferring the church’s reverence to “The Lord’s Day.” Obviously this interpretation has no bearing on the religion of the Apostles as it originated centuries later. Its mention here is grossly anachronistic and has no real historical or even scriptural support.
You’ll find several things like this presented in lieu of anything pertaining to Apostolic religion.