Category Archives: theologia

‘Made Without Hands’: An Important Theme in Early Christian Soteriology and Ecclesiology

A recent essay added to my Biblia et Patristica page.  From the intro:

In this paper I will identify several monotheistic and monergistic verbal expressions from the Hebrew Old Testament. I will then demonstrate that these ideas and phrases interacted and developed over time via a series of linguistic steps which led ultimately to the creation of a specific Greek word by early Christian communities. This word was used to describe the role of God’s power in several aspects of Christian salvation. Specifically, this article examines the origin and usage of the early Christian word ἀχειροποίητος, ‘made without (human) hands.’

Available here.

fides verbis / the language of the church

This is yet another attempt to create a spot to distribute my academic work and to state any questions, comments, or smart remarks.

I am going to broaden the scope here but try and make it all at least share a thin common thread of the use of language to present ideas and arguments in a variety of domains but primarily by and within the church.

My primary interest is the use of words and arguments by the church in the presentation of the faith it believes, teaches, and confesses, that is, the Christian faith expressed by Christian words, or again, the language of the church.

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