Saturday, January 2, 2016

I couldn't sleep so i found something cool.

Tertullian (c. 160 – c. 225 AD), was a prolific early Christian author from Carthage in the Roman province of Africa. He is the first Christian author to produce an extensive corpus of Latin Christian literature.Wikipedia . He came to be regarded as a heretic consequent to his adherence to the purist sect known as Montanists. 
Manichaeism- widespread dualistic religion, originating in Persia ca 200 BCE. Taught that the world and the soul are products of a cosmic power struggle between a good god and an evil god. Evil, in this view, is the work of the power of darkness and is opposed by the power of light, which seeks to extricate souls from the material world into a realm of pure goodness and light.
Dualistic theology continued to have influence within Christianity until modern times. The Zoroastrian Religion was of this sort and dominated in Persia until the Muslim conquest. Contemporary expressions include the Parsees in India and the Jedi religion in Star Wars. ~ The Rambling Rector
Augustine's experience: "These things happened as examples for us" (1 Cor 10:6). Rather than reduplicate the blind faith of North African Christendom, these leaders must encourage their congregations to honor God by loving him with all their minds, thus enabling them to pass on a thoughtful faith to the next generation as well as challenging the surrounding culture's erroneous ideas. Frances Ridley Havergal's hymn "Take My Life" contains a stanza that, unfortunately but tellingly, seems to go unsung in our churches today: "Take my intellect and use / Every power as Thou shalt choose."
Augustine's example reminds us of the havoc that is wrought on future generations by an unthinking faith that is reinforced by Christian leadership. What Augustine experienced, Roland Teske suggests, "stands as a clear warning for the Church of today that the minds of some of the most intelligent young women and men can easily be driven from the Church by a similar anti-intellectualism." ~
Augustine and the Scandal of The North African Catholic Mind
Paul Copan -Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 41:2 (June 1998): 287-295.


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