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Posted 02 September 2016 - 11:10 AM

Questions Lesson 13 -- The Best of Church Fathers

Sept 2, 2016 by Rev. Joy Maestas

1. Whatset the post-Nicene fathers apart from the ante-Nicene fathers?

They studied Scriptures in a sort of scientific way tounderstand the theological meaning and did not let their belief of apostolic,apologists or polemicists influence their outcome. The post-Nicene men used ahistorical-critical way to Scripture and looked at the original author and who theoriginal audience was in how they interpreted the scripture.

2. Whyis Eusebius of Caesarea’s Ecclesiastical History so important to us today?

Because he had access to such a large numberof written documents back in his time and read everything he had access to and was able to draw comparisonsfrom both secular and sacred writings Hegave us a broader picture of the history of the ancient church in the first 3centuries. His work is the basis of howmodern day historian’s go about evaluating historical records.

3. Inwhat way was Augustine the greatest of the Church Fathers and how did his workinfluence later Roman Catholicism and Protestantism?

Augustine helped the Protestant Reformers as they alsobelieved that humanity is bound by sin and needs salvation by Gods gracethrough faith alone. They used his works for their basis of this. The Reformers believed that God saves thosewho he calls and only by Grace. Takenfrom Augustine also. He also stronglyemphasized that the church is a visible institution with true creeds,sacraments and ministry that the Roman church considers him the father of theRoman ecclesiasticism. His creeds andputting down how the sacrament and ministry should work is also the basis of Protestantism.


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