Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on Irenaeus

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Irenaeus was one of the first Christians to defend the faith against Gnosticism, but what exactly did he believe and what else did he contribute to Christianity? Here’s your crash course on the life and accomplishments of Irenaeus—and why he still matters today. Who Was Irenaeus? Irenaeus (c. 130–202) was a Greek thinker who was born in Asia Minor to a… Continue reading Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on Irenaeus

Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on St. Jerome

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Tradition reveals that St. Jerome preferred studying the biblical languages because it helped him fend off impure thoughts. But who was this ancient Christian monk, and what is his enduring legacy in terms of historic Christianity? Here’s your crash course on the life and accomplishments of St. Jerome—and why he still matters today. Who Was Jerome? Jerome (c. 347–420) was born… Continue reading Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on St. Jerome

Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on St. Augustine

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? I’ve heard it said that evangelical Christians don’t study our church history very deeply. As a fellow evangelical, I think there is, unfortunately, a lot of truth in this statement. Contemporary Christians can learn a great deal from the history of their faith. But where to start? This series, “Christian Thinkers 101,” provides a snapshot of some of the faith’s… Continue reading Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on St. Augustine

Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on Tertullian

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Though he died almost 18 centuries ago, Tertullian is often quoted today in theological and apologetics circles. But what did this man believe and what did he ultimately contribute to historic Christianity? Here’s your crash course on the life and accomplishments of Tertullian—and why he still matters today. Who Was Tertullian? Tertullian (c. 160–220) was a North African church father and… Continue reading Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on Tertullian

Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on Justin Martyr

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Saint Justin, also known as Justin Martyr, was one of the first Christians to meet Greco-Roman thinkers on their own ground by using philosophy as a tool or handmaid (servant) to defend the gospel message. But what else did he contribute to historic Christianity? Here’s your crash course on the life and accomplishments of Justin Martyr—and why he still matters today.… Continue reading Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on Justin Martyr

Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on St. Anselm

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Can faith and reason be compatible? Does reason support the truth claims of Christianity? Many people today believe in a false dichotomy that forces faith and reason into separate categories—but thinkers like St. Anselm, a medieval Italian, have offered compelling arguments for integrating faith and reason. St. Anselm’s ontological argument for God’s existence was a significant, though controversial, contribution that still… Continue reading Christian Thinkers 101: A Crash Course on St. Anselm