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Tertullian Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus c. Tertullian denounced Christian doctrines he considered heretical, but later in life adopted Montanismregarded as heretical by the mainstream Church, which prevented his canonization. He wrote three books in Greek and was the first great writer of Latin Christianity, thus sometimes known as the "Father of the Latin Church". In his Apologeticushe was the first Latin author who qualified Christianity as the vera religio, and systematically relegated the classical Roman Empire religion and other accepted cults to the position of mere "superstitions".

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The Body and Blood of Christ, the Real Presence Early church fathers Christ Development of Eucharistic Understanding There is mystery in the natural world around all around us as the great scientist Einstein once observed and this is certainly also the case with religion and especially Christianity, beginning with the mystery of the incarnation of Christ.

To see them, we need as St. Like Father James T. Sections 9 and 10 deal with the Eucharist [Gk. Eucharistias] and prayers of thanks which allude to the Mass.

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It contains this warning, " This is clearly an illusion to the prophecy of Malachi Mal 1: Irenaeus Book III, iii tells us that Clement "saw the blessed Apostles and conversed with them, and had yet ringing in his ears the preaching of the Apostles and had their tradition before his eyes, and not he only for many were then surviving who had been taught by the Apostles.

There is a tradition that he was ordained by St. Peter and acted as a kind of auxiliary bishop to Linus and Anacletus, his predecessors in the papal chair. His letter to the Corinthians was written between A. The epistle, which is written in Greek, is important because of the distinction it makes between leaders of the community and the faithful.

Clement refers to the leaders as presbyters or bishops, without making any further distinction, referring specifically to their ministry as the "offering of gifts.

He became the third bishop of Antioch and may be considered an apostolic Father in the sense that he heard the Apostle John preach. On the almost mile journey to Rome from Antioch, Syria, the third largest city of the Empire, Ignatius wrote seven letters, which are his only surviving letters.

They are addressed to Christian communities he presided over as bishop.

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He speaks of the Eucharistic mystery in mystical terms saying, "Therefore arm yourselves with gentleness, renew yourselves in faith, which is the Flesh of the Lord, and in charity, which is the Blood of Jesus Christ. His reference to "bread of God" is an allusion to John 6: For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.

Charity is no concern to them, nor are widows and orphans or the oppressed. They abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer, because they do not confess that the Eucharist is the flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ, which suffered for our sins and which, in his goodness, the Father raised.

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Paul in 1 Corinthians He wrote the Philadelphians: Eucharistic theology seems almost complete in St. Justin Martyr who also gave his life for Christ, as his name implies. The message is that the Eucharist has "replaced the sacrifices of the Temple in Jerusalem" just as Malachi prophesied.

The Fathers often used this text to demonstrate the sacrificial nature of the offering [of the Eucharist at Mass]. So how then can we doubt that, "Our bodies, receiving the Eucharist, are no longer corruptible but have the hope of resurrection to eternal life.Early Church History - early christian church history, the early church fathers, church history for beginners, the New Testament Canon, RA Baker, Al Baker, Alan Baker, Dr.

Al Baker, Dr. Christopher Craun, Chris Craun. The Church Fathers, Early Church Fathers, Christian Fathers, or Fathers of the Church are ancient and influential Christian theologians and writers.

There is no definitive list. The era of these scholars who set the theological and scholarly foundations of Christianity largely ended by AD This hypertext document contains pointers to Internet-accessible files relating to the early church, including canonical documents, creeds, the writings of the Apostolic Fathers and other historical texts relevant to church history.

The early Church Fathers fall into three basic categories: Apostolic Fathers, ante-Nicene Church Fathers, and post-Nicene Church Fathers.

The Apostolic Church Fathers were contemporaries of the apostles and were probably taught by them, carrying on the tradition and teaching of the apostles themselves as their direct successors.

The writings of the Early Church Fathers are key to the understanding of the development of the Church through the first six centuries. Study the Bible online. Early Church Fathers - Additional Texts.

Edited by Roger Pearse. These English translations are all out of copyright, but were not included in the 38 volume collection of Ante-Nicene, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers.

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