Archive for November 27th, 2007

On Prayer continues, as Origen tells us how one should prepare to pray, and some of the benefits of keeping one’s mind fixed on God.

Chapter 5


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Against Heresies ends, with two final chapters on the world to come. I was fascinated to see an old tradition included.

Chapters 35-36


This is the end of my longest audiobook. It’s been extremely interesting for me to spend so much time with St. Irenaeus, and I hope you’ve found it useful, too. He’s a good teacher.


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Against Heresies continues, with more interesting info on the New Jerusalem, the new heaven and earth, and the life to come, according to the prophets of old.

Chapter 34


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Against Heresies continues, as Irenaeus points out that Christ promised to drink actual new wine with his apostles in the Kingdom, and that the Patriarchs were promised banquets of real food and drink. (Kinda pointless if you don’t have an eating, drinking body in the Kingdom.)

Chapter 33


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Against Heresies continues, with more of St. Irenaeus’ fascinating discussion of the end of the world and the world to come. In these chapters, he defends the resurrection of the dead as a real coming event, not some kind of pretty allegory.

During the course of these last few chapters, it becomes obvious that Irenaeus was a major influence on the Four Last Things as portrayed by C.S. Lewis — or at least, somebody influenced by Irenaeus was. Obviously it’s no secret that Lewis read a lot of theology, but it’s kinda neat to spot this kind of stuff. It’s like picking up a book at the used book store and seeing notes scribbled in the margins in an old friend’s hand.

Chapters 31-32


UPDATE: Bad link fixed. Thanks again for pointing it out!

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