Friday, October 10, 2008
Friday is for Ad Fontes
My favourite letter among the Apostolic Fathers, the Epistel to Diognetus, note these two verses:
"In a word, what the soul is to be the body, Christians are to the world." (6.1).
"If this faith is what you too long for, then first of all you must acquire full knowledge of the Father. God God loved humanity, for whose sake he made the world, to whom he subjected everything on earth, to whom he gave reason, to whom he gave mind; them alone he permitted to look up to heaven, them he created in his own image, to them he sent his one and only Son, to them he promised the kingdom in heaven, which he will give to those who have loved him." (10.1-2).
Michael Holmes, The Apostolic Fathers: Greek Texts and Engish Translations (3rd ed.; Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2007).