The Truth of Orthodox Anthropology

Transfiguration plays a major role in understanding mankind, the reality and quality of freedom, and the intention of God in the creation of the Universe. by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Gregory the Theologian placed the synthetic —body and soul—quality of human existence in the larger context of the whole created order, within which he distinguished […]

An Interview with St. Irenaeus of Lyons

by John Habib Originally entitled: “What to think of the Non-Orthodox? What a Second Century Bishop says about those who are outside of ‘the Church.’” I cannot believe how applicable this second century bishop’s words are to the present time. I challenge all of you to read this and not be at the least intrigued, or like me, […]

Seeking Truth Outside the Church

by St. Irenaeus of Lyons One should not seek among others the truth that can be easily gotten from the Church. For in her, as in a rich treasury, the apostles have placed all that pertains to truth, so that everyone can drink this beverage of life. She is the door of life. Against Heresies, […]

A Good, Old Fashioned Gnostic Beatdown

St. Ireneaus of Lyon, terror of gnostics, crusher of heresy by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In the second century, Irenaeus, the second bishop of Lyons, explicitly asked-with respect to the eternal Word – “for what purpose did he come down?” ( Against the Heresies 2.14.7). And the answer: “that he might destroy sin, abolish death, […]

Why Christ Came Down

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In the second century, Irenaeus, the second bishop of Lyons, explicitly asked-with respect to the eternal Word – “for what purpose did he come down?” (Against the Heresies 2.14.7). And the answer, “that he might destroy sin, abolish death, and give life to man” (3.18.7). Irenaeus explains, “God created man […]

The Promise to Abraham Fulfilled In Christ

by St. Irenaeus of Lyons Against Heresies, Book 4, Chapters 7, 10, 11, 23 Therefore Abraham also, knowing the Father through the Word, who made heaven and earth, confessed Him to be God; and having learned, by an announcement [made to him], that the Son of God would be a man among men, by whose […]

On The Unity Of The Faith

by St. Irenaeus of Lyons The holy and glorious, right-victorious Hieromartyr Irenaeus of Lyons (c. 130-202) was bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul, which is now Lyons, France. His writings were formative in the early development of Christian theology. He was a disciple of Polycarp of Smyrna, who himself was a disciple of the Apostle John […]