Justin Martyr- On the Resurrection of the Flesh

(from Fragments on the Lost Work of Justin on the Resurrection, c. 160 A.D.) The resurrection is a resurrection of the flesh which died. For the spirit dies not; the soul is in the body, and without a soul it cannot live. The body, when the soul forsakes it, is not. For the body is…

Brian Simmons- Extract of a Letter to an Anti-Creedalist

“Please note that I’m not denouncing you for your preference of the Bible over creeds. I am denouncing the spirit of interpretation which cuts loose from historical moorings and claims, as a logical consequence of its conclusions, that all the Christians of past centuries were wrong. Is such a thing possible? At least ask yourself,…

Gregory Nazianzen- On Regeneration

(from Oration on Holy Baptism, 381 A.D.) Illumination is the splendor of souls, the conversion of the life, the question put to the Godward conscience. It is the aid to our weakness, the renunciation of the flesh, the following of the Spirit, the fellowship of the Word, the improvement of the creature, the overwhelming of…

Gregory Nazienzen- On the Three Births

(from Oration on Holy Baptism, 381 A.D.) The Word recognizes three births for us; namely, the natural birth, that of Baptism, and that of the Resurrection. Of these, the first is by night, and is servile, and involves passion; but the second is by day, and is destructive of passion, cutting off all the veil…

St. Cyril of Jerusalem- On Antichrist

(from Catechetical Lecture XV, c. 348 A.D.) But this aforesaid Antichrist is to come when the times of the Roman empire shall have been fulfilled, and the end of the world is now drawing near. There shall rise up together ten kings of the Romans, reigning in different parts perhaps, but all about the same…

St. Basil of Caesarea- Why the World Must End

(from The Hexaemeron, c. 370 A.D.) Thus, seeing that figures which move in a circle [orbit] always return upon themselves, without for a single instant interrupting the regularity of their course, do not vainly imagine to yourselves that world has neither beginning nor end. “For the figure of this world passeth away” (1 Cor. vii….

St. Jerome- Against Heretical Concepts of the Resurrection

(from Letter LXXXIV, c. 400 A.D.) “We believe, say they, in the resurrection of the body. This confession, if only it be sincere, is free from objection. But as there are bodies celestial, and bodies terrestrial, and as thin air and the ether are both according to their natures called bodies, they use the word…