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The Church Fathers and Two Books Theology: Introduction

The Church Fathers and Two Books Theology

In this series, Mark Mann explores what many of the great Christian theologians and saints of the Church have said about how God speaks in and through God’s other great book: Nature, or Creation. Listening to figures from the the 2nd to the 18th centuries,Mann proposes three main points: Christians should think of Scripture and Creation as two “books” that should be read together for understanding the fullness of God’s self-revelation; Science is a God-given tool for discerning the handiwork of God in Creation, and is fully compatible with God’s Word revealed in Scripture, and therefore, Christians have nothing to fear from science.

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The Church Fathers and Two Books Theology: Introduction

The Church Fathers and Two Books Theology: Introduction

Rather than looking at the ways Christians throughout history have understood Scripture, I want to explore what many of the great Christian theologians (and saints!) have said about how God speaks in and through God’s other great book: Nature, or Creation.
November 08, 2012 
Mark H. Mann 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
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Justin Martyr and the Two Books, Part 1

Justin Martyr and the Two Books, Part 1

Justin’s “Dialogue with Trypho” provides an appropriate starting point for assessing Justin’s contribution to the development of the Two Books Theory. For starters, at this point in history, what we now call the “New Testament” had not been formally adopted by the Christian Church.
November 14, 2012 
Mark H. Mann 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
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Justin Martyr and the Two Books, Part 2

Justin Martyr and the Two Books, Part 2

Tracing the history of Two Books Theology means understanding how Christian theologians from the very beginnings of the Church have understood God’s self-revelation, as well as the relationship between Scripture and Creation.
November 15, 2012 
Mark H. Mann 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
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Irenaeus and Two Books Theology

Irenaeus and Two Books Theology

Irenaeus is significant for our discussion of the development of a "Two Books" theology in two respects. First, he appears to have been a pivotal figure in the formation of the Christian Bible—the book of Scripture. Second, he is also a pivotal figure in the development of the Christian understanding of Creation.
November 27, 2012 
Mark H. Mann 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
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The Church Fathers and the Two Books: Origen of Alexandria, Part 1

The Church Fathers and the Two Books: Origen of Alexandria, Part 1

Origen of Alexandria is one of most fascinating and important figures of the ancient world, not to mention the history of the Christian Church, and easily one of the most brilliant
December 06, 2012 
Mark H. Mann 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
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The Church Fathers and the Two Books: Origen of Alexandria, Part 2

The Church Fathers and the Two Books: Origen of Alexandria, Part 2

In opposition to pagan philosophies of the time, Origen affirmed the doctrine of creation ex nihilo, the goodness of creation, and the important role of the Divine Logos.
December 07, 2012 
Mark H. Mann 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
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Augustine of Hippo and Two Books Theology, Part 1

Augustine of Hippo and Two Books Theology, Part 1

For Augustine, a literal interpretation meant allowing Scripture to speak for itself by attending to the intentions of the author.
January 04, 2013 
Mark H. Mann 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
 
Augustine of Hippo and Two Books Theology, Part 2

Augustine of Hippo and Two Books Theology, Part 2

Augustine had a great deal to say about those chapters in Genesis that are especially controversial within Christianity today.
January 05, 2013 
Mark H. Mann 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
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