Sunday, 22 March 2015

Roland Sokolowski: 'Zealous for the Covenant of Christ': An inquiry into the lost career of Irenaeus

Irenaeus' reputation as one of the foremost heresiologists of the early church easily occludes a wider appreciation of his vocation as a minister. This paper seeks to problematise the prevailing association of Irenaeus with anti-gnostic polemic and to demonstrate that his associations with Polycarp and Justin supply good grounds for supposing that Irenaeus developed a significant preaching and teaching ministry in advance of his literary success. Furthermore,it is to be indicated that one may read both his Refutation and Demonstration through this lens, with the raw materials of concrete mission as the undergirding biblical and philosophical experience from which he draws his argument.

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