Tuesday, June 28, 2005

St. Irenaeus

WHOOP! It's the feastday of St. Irenaeus!

I'm currently reading book which deals with several ECF's, including him. What struck me today was this passage from his Against Heresies.

"As I said before, the Church, having received this preaching and this faith, although she is scattered throughout the whole world, yet, as if she occupying but one house, carefully preserves it. She likewise believes these things just as if she had but one soul and one and the same heart; she proclaims them, and teaches them, and hands them down, with perfect harmony as if she possessed but one mouth. For, while the languages of the world are diverse, nevertheless, the import of the tradition is one and the same. For the Churches which have been planted in Germany do not believe or hand down anything differenct, not tdo those in Spain, nor those in Gaul, nor those in the East, nor those in Egypt, nor those in Libya, nor those which have been established in the central regions of the world. But as the sun, that creature of God, is one and the same throguhout the whole world, so also the preaching of the truth shineth everywhere, and enlightends all men that are willing to come to a knowledge of the truth."

Much of his writing deals with various heresies, especially the Gnostics. This footnote in my book (Four Witnesses, by Bennett) I found especially humorous, "The English word 'heresy' comes to us through a Greek root that means 'to pick and choose.'

Now what does that sound like to ya'll?


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