Then he surveys early perspectives in such works at the Didache, Ignatius of Antioch's Epistle to the Magnesians, the Apology of Aristides, and Against Heresies by Irenaeus of Lyon
. Distributed in the US by Coronet Books.
One can recall here the famous text of Irenaeus of Lyon
: "The glory of God is a living human being; and human life consists in beholding God." (3) While CTC emphasizes the first part of the expression, the glory of God, TTL privileges the second: "a living human being" and extends this allegation to the whole of creation.
It would seem that in the weight of international money and power, the opinions of a few disgruntled Christians and "conspiracy theorists" (at times falsely-so-called, to steal the words of Irenaeus of Lyon
), would hardly warrant a hiccup.
Here he expands that interest into a fascinating history of how Paul appears in early Christianity, that is, the presentation of Paul changes as his letters are edited, as letters are written in his name, as he is represented in Acts, and as he appears in early Christian literature down to Irenaeus of Lyon
(i.e., to about 180 C.E.).
Though Oprah probably never read Irenaeus of Lyon
, her quarter-century of broadcasting surely offered a Post-modern realization of the church father's pronouncement nearly two millennia ago: "The glory of God is a human being fully alive."
Feast day St Irenaeus of Lyon
1491: Henry VIII, English monarch best known for his six wives and religious split from Rome, was born.
Irenaeus of Lyon
(130-202)--who, despite being designated by a city of present-day France, Lyon, where he eventually served as bishop, was originally from the East and was Greek-speaking.
The book also offers a concise exposition of the notion of deification in the early church fathers, Irenaeus of Lyon
, Clement of Alexandria, Hippolyms of Rome (2nd-3rd cc.), Athanasius of Alexandria, Gregory of Nazianzus, Ephrem the Syrian (4th c.) and Dionysius the Areopagite (6th c.).
Narrowing the context, Matthews gives particular attention to Saint Irenaeus of Lyon
whose "ultimate goal" of "the mystical union of God and man" (46) Bacon found compelling.
Irenaeus of Lyon
was a profound thinker on issues of intense concern in the early church.
Gnostic teachings were condemned as blasphemous by the Fathers of the Church, foremost, Irenaeus of Lyon
who in his tractate, Against Heresies, acerbically complained about the Canites : They say that "Judas the betrayer ...
The author who transformed Simon Magus--otherwise only mentioned briefly in the canonical New Testament--into the father of all Gnostic sects was Irenaeus of Lyon
in Adversus haereses.