Tuesday, June 28, 2005

St Irenaeus

without wanting to distract attention from the previous important announcement i couldn't let today pass without drawing attention to the fact that it is the feast day (not sure why they are called that anymore) of St Irenaeus of Lyon. He is definitely one of my favourite early church fathers (2 generations from the N.T. apostles). he had a tremendously rich understanding of salvation which has been called 'representation' (to distinguish it from 'substitution'). For Irenaeus, it was vital to understand that Christ was the last Adam who represented the whole of humanity (like the first Adam did) - taking it through death and out into resurrection. There's lots more that could be said but this ain't the time or place. here are some other facts (from religionfacts.com):

Born: c. 115 AD, Smyrna
Died: 202 AD, Lyons, Gaul (France)
Feast day: June 28

St. Irenaeus was bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul, which is now Lyons, France. He was a disciple of Polycarp, who himself was a disciple of John the Evangelist. He is recognized as a saint by both the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church, and his writings were formative in the early development of Christian theology. His most famous work is Against Heresies, a lengthy description and refutation of Gnosticism.

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