• Can we trust the writings of the early church to have sound theology? Question and Answer

    The early church is interesting because of its proximity to the New Testament, but this does not mean it’s always right. There is an assumption that the closer you get to the source, the more pure it is, but that’s not necessarily the case. There are a lot of danger zones in the early church. Having said that, we’ve got to be very grateful for the main areas where the early church helps us, such as canon development, the Christological controversies (which spill over into the Trinitarian heresies), and giving us a solid understanding of how the Scriptures came together … View Resource

  • How did the early church fathers interpret the “rock” of Matthew 16? Question and Answer

    Matthew 16:18

    I would say if this were the lightning round we could say, true. The notion that Peter himself was the rock rather than his confession being the rock seems first to be articulated by a bishop of Rome in the third century. Now, the third century is very early relative to us, but it’s a long time after Jesus—two hundred and fifty years after Jesus. And this is a sort of solitary point of view of the bishop of Rome initially, not even followed up by all later bishops of Rome in the ancient church period. So yes, I think, … View Resource