Fathers of the church

Reclaiming Subtitutionary Atonement in an Episcopal Church

Author
Claudia Nalven
Abstract
This paper examines how parishoners at an evangelical Episcopal Church have absorbed and understood the doctrine of substitutionary atonement. It considers how preaching through a framework of substitutionary atonement, can help shape the incorporation of this doctrine into the congregation's life and self-understanding. The paper uses as a framework the theology of Thomas Torrance, who combines reformed soteriology with patristic Christology to overcome some of the objections to this doctrine. Exodus 34 and the prologue of John's Gospel form the biblical basis for this approach to substitutionary atonement. The paper commends substitutionary atonement as part of a framework for lectionary preaching.

Wealth and poverty in the patristic teaching of the 3rd-6th cent and its relevance for Eastern Orthodox Church instruction on social justice

Author
James Thornton
Abstract
In the early centuries of the Christian era, the Eastern church fathers delineated a Christian approach with respect to such matters as social justice, pervasive social inequities, and questions of wealth and poverty in the society of that time. This approach is reflected in the patristic literature: in sermons, discourses, commentaries, and in theological works. It is further reflected in certain aspects of social policy in the Byzantine Empire and in attempts, by the Byzantines, to mitigate social injustices by works of "philanthropia." Unfortunately, a biased historiography has ignored this teaching and its history, though they retain their validity and form a foundation for the Eastern Christian understanding of social justice. This investigation seeks to uncover what has been hidden with regard to patristic teachings on wealth and poverty, and to apply this patristic material, along with the historical, economical, social, political, and theological background of Christian Byzantine life, to instruction in the Eastern church community.

Catechetical and pastoral implications of a prayer book spirituality of anamnesis

Author
Gregory C Frazier
Abstract
The thesis of this work is that the church has lost its memory of the tradition, separating itself from the praxis of a distinctive Christian lifestyle. The author builds a spirituality of anamnesis (remembrance) from which grows models for Christian education, pastoral care and piety. He presents research based on the documents of the Episcopal Church, the patristics, and contemporary sacramental and liturgical theology. His conclusion is that a return to the tradition is needed for the Episcopal Church, which he describes as "an emerging church.".
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