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One may ask with bewilderment: If two Fathers of the church express contradictory opinions, where, then, is truth to be found?
He, as noted above, called for a return to the Fathers of the Church, to the sacred Hellenism which had been baptized and purified as an eternal and perennial category of historical Christian Orthodoxy.
As one of his inconsistencies, however, he later admits that certain Fathers of the church - such as Gregory of Nyssa, Ambrose, and Augustine - were "incontestably" influenced by Neo-Platonism and other currents of thought of their time.
These are: his commentaries and other books on the Fathers of the Church and the relation of their thought to Greek philosophy, in which he has been particularly successful in showing the influence of at least `popular' Greek philosophy on the least obviously `philosophical' of the Fathers, notably Athanasius; his books on the Reformed tradition, which are perhaps less well-known in the English-speaking world, but are also very good and enlightening; and his very distinguished work on the history of dogma, above all in his two books on von Harnack.
Various Fathers of the Church saw Jesus himself in the Good Samaritan; and in the man who fell among thieves they saw Adam, our very humanity wounded and disoriented on account of its sins .
It is difficult to understand why the Latin Mass would receive this new encouragement under the banner of tradition when it contradicts a major principle of the fathers of the church, that Christians must be able to understand the prayers and the readings.
In 367, the bishop of Alexandria in Egypt, Athanasius, one of the great Fathers of the church, wrote to the monasteries and said, "I know there are a lot of secret, illegitimate books that you like, get rid of all of them--except for 27.
Craig Hanson and the Fathers of the Church editorial board have done the admirable service of bringing forward otherwise unrelated works of two major fathers of the Iberian church.
These are: his commentaries and other books on the Fathers of the Church and the relation of their thought to Greek philosophy, in which he has been particularly successful in showing the influence of at least 'popular' Greek philosophy on the least obviously 'philosophical' of the Fathers, notably Athanasius; his books on the Reformed tradition, which are perhaps less well-known in the English-speaking world, but are also very good and enlightening; and his very distinguished work on the history of dogma, above all in his two books on von Harnack.
Claiming intensive study of the issue, Speaker Pelosi said that the early Fathers of the Church, particularly St.