By J. N. D. Kelly

"No different writer has delved so deeply into the lifestyles and paintings of this complicated, influential, and tragic determine of the fourth century and produced one of these far-ranging yet particular, solidly researched, and eminently readable account. . . . Chrysostom emerges as a sympathetic and tragic determine of significant integrity, whose human failings contributed and maybe resulted in his downfall. . . . Kelly has used a cautious research of lots of John's writings and sermons to offer new insights and to substantiate info of Chrysostom's lifestyles formerly thought of uncertain; his reviews and summaries stimulate one to show to the originals. people who are attracted to Chrysostom or during this historic interval needs to learn this book."--Catholic historic assessment "A lucrative . . . learn in addition to a wealthy mine of old info. . . . [The e-book] is peppered with new, revisionist insights approximately . . . Chrysostom's life."--Bryn Mawr Classical overview "A huge success, which examines with equity and thoroughness either the first resources and carrying on with scholarship on John and his often-stormy episcopacy in Constantinople."--Christian Century

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After Constantine engineered the merger of Christ worshipers with sun worshipers in the fourth century, the creeds solidified and finalized the view of faith we hold today. Not only was this politically expedient, but it gave the church many elements of Mithraism that survive to this day. Christ is depicted in early paintings as the Sun (with rays bursting from his head), Sun-Day is the day of rest, and Christmas was moved from January 6 (still the date for Eastern Orthodox churches) to December 25, the birthday of Mithra.

She requested that I be the father of the bride, not the minister in charge of the ceremony, and I happily complied. For one thing, I would never have made it through the ceremony. But some of my colleagues were a bit scandalized and, upon hearing the news, asked the first question that came to mind. Was my new son-in-law Jewish? ” Faith as Being, Not Belief 39 This always brings nervous laughter, of course, but not much wisdom. The real point gets lost in the assumption that I am just trying to be iconoclastic or play the role of a typical liberal clergyman.

Now we call him “precious Lord,” without even thinking. He did this in an utterly brief public ministry (only a year according to Mark, perhaps three to four years according to Faith as Being, Not Belief 53 Matthew and Luke) as if “possessed” by a desire to upend the very tradition in which he was raised and bring down the judgment of the very faith he sought to reform. ” Fear is the enemy of the moral life, and yet which one of us could imagine attacking the sacred cows of our time or challenging the conventional wisdom in American society?

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