The Power of Apostolic Era Hymnography

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon After the words of Jesus himself, the texts of Christian hymnography seem to provide our earliest sources of Christian theology. The Apostolica—the New Testament writings—bear witness to the existence of such hymns (cf. Acts 2:47; 1 Corinthians 14:15,26; Ephesians 5:19; 3:16; James 5:23). An obvious feature of hymns renders them […]

Just Another Saul

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The Bible does not explain why the name of Saul, the early persecutor of Christians, was changed to Paul, but also the Bible does not discourage speculation on the point. Undiscouraged, then, let us speculate. A modern view speculates that the man in question had two names all along; he […]

On Justification, Faith and Works

by Maximus Scott This article lays to rest any idea that the protestant doctrine of justification by faith alone is anything but an innovation – and a heresy. It wasn’t St. Paul’s doctrine, it was Luther’s. And to kick off the list, let us begin with Phillip Schaff, protestant scholar and translator. Phillip Schaff 1819-1893 […]