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Program 661: On the The Early Church Fathers...

After Justin: Truth, Doctrine, and the Problem, Mystery and Spiritual Reality of key false Teaching, 19

Today a brief look at the history of the Roman Empire and the problems the Christians had with it and a final look at Tertullian. And, today more on Christian martyrs generally...   

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Also, we wind up Tertullian today. I find Tertullian to be one of the greatest post-Apostolic Christian philosophy theologians who ever lived, even in the top 10 of all time (as Justin, Luther, Calvin, Wesley, etc.)... Why? He is extremely influential, and it is hard to imagine Christianity as it is today without him, and in my personal opinion he develops a message that is second to none, and in fact, for what it is, never equaled to this day. (No small accomplishment?) It is Tertullian who first deals with the theological complexities of the mysterious but clear Biblical Trinity concept of one God in 3 Persons, but more than that he takes the Reason of Justin and develops a strong and clear concept of Truth as well as repentance, sin-and-salvation, and new spiritual life in the holy Spirit. A clear new spiritual life in the holy Spirit we will see again in Wesley and Thomas a Kempis and Brother Lawrence and in our time Watchman Nee but in them without a clear "salvation" message, as such, as the point of the faith except in Nee. Tertullian as a Montanist is held to get carried away with new life in the Spirit, but he is to my knowledge the first, if not last person, to develop such a clear basic 3 Rís message (as I, not Tertullian, call it) of reconciliation (or, that is, salvation or justification), regeneration (or, that is, rebirth, new heart to God, etc.) and Abba Father relationship (or, that is, indwelling Spirit in Christ, etc.). With time, though technically still orthodox, Roman Catholicism will, arguably, lose all three. Still to continue our story here, the man who follows Tertullian, the great Origen, is fairly often held to be the greatest theologian who ever lived, and I have little or no argument with that assessment. But, regardless, I feel confident that Origen (as these other great, early Christian philosopher theologians) will continue in this video Great Books series to "take us to school" in the coming weeks, as the expression goes... big time, no less... and even solve virtually all the problems of the generally anemic, if not apostate, Christianity of our day... What more could we ask for?  Clear the decks...

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Program 660: On the The Early Church Fathers...

After Justin: Truth, Doctrine, and the Problem, Mystery and Spiritual Reality of key false Teaching, 18

Today, we look at the idea of God the Father in Tertullian, and the fact is it is a special relationship only available to the Christian, and it is one of Christianityís main features, no less, and today more on how Godís Judgment works and how our repentance can save us from it.

And also today from the time of Tertullian, we do the touching story of Perpetua and her slave-servant Felicitas and their moving martyrdom. Please note, it isnít clear in the video, but I began the story with Perpetua already in jail for being a Christian and not worshipping idols and with her fatherís trying to talk her into denouncing the Faith, which she argues she cannot do! I personally find Perpetua to be about the greatest female saint who ever lived, no small accomplishment, one must say? Talk about going to the mat, and crushing the head of Satan! 

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Program 659: On the The Early Church Fathers...

After Justin: Truth, Doctrine, and the Problem, Mystery and Spiritual Reality of key false Teaching, 17

Today a bit more of Tertullianís "On Repentance" and its major themes and their relationship to our time, and in relationship to my 3 spiritual laws from the New Testament: 1.) Christ died on the cross for our sins in order to give us new spiritual life in Him; 2.) One must accept this for oneís self personally; and 3.) You are signing on to follow. And now we can also say this is all totally Reasonable or Rational.

And also today, once again, why Marcion is similar to Christian Liberalism. Also, today, the why and why not of Christianity and is it or is it not "just another Mideastern mystery religion"? However, on investigation this question is resolved by the historicity of the Hebrew and Christian religions, which can also be Rationally shown. Bottom-line: Christianity is arguably in its darkest hour at this very hour in our time in all history or at least since Tertullian and the great Origen, whom we will look at next after Tertullian.

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Program 658: On the The Early Church Fathers...

After Justin: Truth, Doctrine, and the Problem, Mystery and Spiritual Reality of key false Teaching, 16

Today, more on Justinís Logos Christology, and the whole point of the Atonement is that one and the same God is perfect Love and perfect Justice and Righteousness. Bible Christianity with its literal cosmology will prevail with time in our time, intellectually and otherwise, as it did Tertullianís because it is 1.) True, 2.) a better life, 3.) you avoid the condemnation in the Final Judgment, and 4.) it is Rational. In any case, today more of Tertullianís "On Repentance" where he says the primary point of Christianity and its one summary message is "salvation," so says Tertullian, or, as I prefer, one can say, "sin-and-salvation," since the idea of real sin is lost on the Liberal as well as the atheist, of our time as well as of antiquity.

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Program 657: On the The Early Church Fathers...

After Justin: Truth, Doctrine, and the Problem, Mystery and Spiritual Reality of key false Teaching, 15

Today, picking up some odds and ends before finishing up Tertullian, and, again, 2 ways to do analysis: Rationally generally and Rationally to Scripture. You will note this is what Jefferson appeals to in the Declaration as "the Laws of Nature and of Natureís God." Tertullian, himself, gets condemned eventually, rightly or wrongly, for "heresy" for being a Montanist, which appears to have been excessively "charismatic," but how much so is not always clear, and there were, at times it is said, some moral and worldliness problems as well...

Finally today Tertullian at his very best on Reason. He is so good on Reason here, and so tight in his argument and expression that some doubt Tertullian is the author of this "On Repentance." I must say at his best Tertullian in previous passages we have seen does, indeed, without question match the continuous style in this particular outstanding, off-the-charts writing.

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Program 656: On the The Early Church Fathers...

After Justin: Truth, Doctrine, and the Problem, Mystery and Spiritual Reality of key false Teaching, 14

Today we move forward on trying to get through Tertullian as well as looking at the idea and problem of radical "heresy" as "essential." as opposed to "non-essential," not a distinction made by the Early Church Fathers to my knowledge, and this will ultimately be something of a big problem. But, regardless, some of Marcionís teaching, certainly not all, appear to be almost identical to various problems in Christian Liberalism. God for Tertullian is "eternal and Rational and all Good" or "perfectly Good." Right on, brother, I could not have said it better myself. For me, Tertullian is pretty much in Christianity's all-time top ten list. Again, forming up ranks, the saints are on the march to victory over false philosophy and essential religious error and on to the now in sight Kingdom Era...

 

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Program 655: On the The Early Church Fathers...

After Justin: Truth, Doctrine, and the Problem, Mystery and Spiritual Reality of key false Teaching, 13

Today before we go on to Tertullianís attacks on heresy and the radical heresy of Marcion, we do a summary analysis of "the story" we are looking at in the history of Western philosophy and the history of Christianity.

This is an immensely important Program, and I will try to develop these same themes in coming Tuesday Report essays. It is irrational, virtually absurd to say unity, tolerance and oneness are the Bible Gospel message of sin-and-salvation with its particular new spiritual life in Christ, and secondly unity, tolerance and oneness (as a love only absolute) is a pretty lousy, irrational, and impractical religion as well as terrible law and utopian politics and economics. Basically speaking the apostate theological Liberals in Christianity and Judaism have taken their faulty irrational "love only" thinking and virtually ruined American law, education, government, politics, economics and entertainment. Besides that the Liberalism espoused by the entirety of the Democrat Party, as best I can tell, and virtually half of the Republican Party is a fine thing? But praise God for the Tea Party, virtually the only people speaking out against this nonsense at least in the areas of politics, law, and economics. But, tragically, as we see today in this Program some people truly cannot "see" this with their misunderstanding of the reality and desirability of moral Good or Justice any more than some people cannot physically "see" a mug of coffee on someoneís hand.

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Program 654: On the The Early Church Fathers...

After Justin: Truth, Doctrine, and the Problem, Mystery and Spiritual Reality of key false Teaching, 12

Today more on the Rationality of the Gospel, and the great moral, spiritual, and intellectual decline of our time, represented in many ways by the re-emergence of Epicureanism hedonism which opposes Rational Moral Theism on all counts! It is irrational, amoral and atheistic, and Tertullian sees these same type issues playing themselves out in his time.

And, again, today the big issue is Truth, and what Tertullian sees to be the falsehood of the Greeksí philosophy, but in realty it is the bad Sophist and Epicurean type philosophy that is the problem, and not the good philosophers since he uses them freely when it suits his purposes. And Tertullian asks in true philosophical fashion of antiquity, who is really being "wise" and "absurd" and even practical or "expedient" no less, the Sophist or the Christian? And we are still asking these very questions this very hour and have been since the rise of modern humanism in the 18th century with its resurrection of Epicureanism and especially so since the mid 20th century with the strong rise of a foolish, impractical and even absurd postmodern humanism, which claims absurdity for itself as a supposed "Good" and "Wisdom," no less; modern humanism had never done this overt absurdity, of course, though they had foolishly embraced no real moral Good, nor Rationality to it. Tertullian is doing a Justinian Kingdom Christianity on the basic questions of philosophy and Christianity, big time, as we see in the closing readings of this Program. The Kingdom is again clearly in sight and the saints are on the march, again! And, clearly, Tertullian is one of the greatest commanding generals who has ever lived, and he is alive this very day leading us forward once again, out of retirement, back from the dead!

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Program 653: On the The Early Church Fathers...

After Justin: Truth, Doctrine, and the Problem, Mystery and Spiritual Reality of key false Teaching, 11

The theme today is we have lost Rationality and getting it back will restore the Christian religion and good government. But, again, much of this is a matter of "seeing" all of this.

Tertullian is said to first come up with the idea of the Trinity, and he also said famously, "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church" ...top-flight and central for the Church and for mankind on earth. So, again, in Tertullian with true Rationality, the Kingdom in religion, law, morality, and government is in sight! And the saints of our day are now marching in, in essence, led by these remarkable early great Christian saints, writers, and thinkers!

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Program 652: On the The Early Church Fathers...

After Justin: Truth, Doctrine, and the Problem, Mystery and Spiritual Reality of key false Teaching, 10

Truth and Justice and God and Wisdom and Good are real and Rational, nothing new to Jefferson and the founders, of course, but something of a weirdly curious thing for us to say today? Around 200 AD Tertullian says "we Christians" are now to found everywhere in Roman society except in the pagan temples! Also Christianity is known for "reformation of character" against the hedonism and licentiousness of the Roman society and, in effect, of Epicureanism of antiquity. But one cannot "see" God physically says Tertullian, correctly and obviously.

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Program 651: On the The Early Church Fathers...

After Justin: Truth, Doctrine, and the Problem, Mystery and Spiritual Reality of key false Teaching, 9

Today, we, as humans, need and want real truth as much as God in our hearts. And truth is Rational (both in the Special Revelation and the Natural Revelation), and perhaps should be capitalized as Truth, as I tend to do with Rationality as the Logos or Wisdom (as God and of God). And again, with true Rationality, the Kingdom in religion, law, morality, and government is in sight! And the saints, both men and women, we see today, are marching in! And, today, we start the great Tertullian, and his arguments for Truth, Justice, and Reason, though inconsistently he has a tendency to attack Greek philosophy wholesale (while actually doing it in Christian terms, no less).

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Program 650: On the The Early Church Fathers...

After Justin: Truth, Doctrine, and the Problem, Mystery and Spiritual Reality of key false Teaching, 8

Today, more on the Rationality of Truth, Good, Wisdom, and Justice and, yet again, the Rationality of the Christian faith, and we do some last looks at Clement of Alexander and Theophilus. And these are often the same issues of our day, at times almost exactly. The Kingdom is in sight! Again, form up ranks! ... the saints are marching in!

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Program 649: On the The Early Church Fathers...

After Justin: Truth, Doctrine, and the Problem, Mystery and Spiritual Reality of key false Teaching, 7

Today, more on the Rationality of knowledge generally and Rationality of the Gospel in particular, and again why todayís so-called "higher criticism" (the text is not true, really) and Liberalism (no supernatural and "only love") are not Rational. So, "Right Reason" in law, education, government, and religion is the solution to all our problems.  So, it would appear... So, again, with true Rationality, the Kingdom in religion and law is in sight! And the saints are marching in!

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Program 648: On the The Early Church Fathers...

After Justin: Truth, Doctrine, and the Problem, Mystery and Spiritual Reality of key false Teaching, 6

Today, we center on the overt irrationality of the "higher critic" and religious "Liberal."  Again, today, the Rationality of Justinian Christianity and his Logos Christology will carry the day in our time and carry us into the Kingdom Era just as it carried the day in the early centuries of the Church and "conquered," so to speak, the pagan, immoral Roman Empire. Justin and those who followed him did it once in their time, and we will do it again in our time! The Kingdom is in sight! And the saints are marching in! Please note: Irenaeus, today, is off the charts. The ancient Gnostics have a non-judging God of no anger and no judgment, and no real "Good" says Irenaeus, and this is a total corruption of the faith in ancient times as it is in ours by a similar Christian and Jewish Liberalism of the last two centuries. And, further, as Irenaeus points out, Plato got almost all of this right. The significance of this in antiquity and in our time cannot be overstated as we saw yesterday in the Kingdom come II-A essay. Irenaeus is no Justin, in my opinion, but he is good, very good, indeed outstanding, and as we see today, he probably leaves 99 out of 100 Christian intellectuals who follow him in all history in the dust, let alone of our time...

Also, today, President Obama asserts in The Audacity of Hope, p. 92 "...in the end laws are just words on a page... whose meanings are subject to erosion, sometimes collapsing in the blink of an eye." In truth, this is not true. Words really do mean things (Plato was right), and "in the end" everything rides on this. Concepts, ideals, rights, laws, and values are quite real and not mere "words on a page." It is this false thinking that will lead to the demise of the rule of law in our time, and it is a denial of the reality of a real Good, Truth and Right as supposedly only "words" that will mark the decline and fall of the West over the last 200 plus years. Obama has hit the nail on the head; give him credit for that! It is called "legal positivism." Tragically and unfortunately because he had a very difficult family situation as a youth, and because later he was only able to attend elite institutions, he was unable to learn anything else; at least most people familiar with his confusions surmise. I would recommend for him some night courses at a local community college, but it may be too late for that? There is no real " higher moral law," the universe created itself out of nothing, Mother Teresa is not really objectively, Rationally better than Hitler, Marx was a genius, the founders idiots, etc. can be pretty standard stuff at many institutions of higher learning these days, just as Justice as a mere word or homosexuality is supposedly the same as heterosexuality, apart from better or worse, or even natural or unnatural. Even the Early Church Fathers could see this all as ridiculous, but not the Gnostics of antiquity nor the Liberals and atheists of today.

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Program 647: On the The Early Church Fathers...

After Justin: Truth, Doctrine, and the Problem, Mystery and Spiritual Reality of key false Teaching, 5

This is one of our better Programs, and if you understand this one, you can see how and why Justinian Christianity is so important and how it is the key to establishing the Kingdom in our time, fairly easily in fact, with sin-and-salvation based Christianity and Logos-based government.

There are two ways to look at things in doing Rational analysis: One is to ask is something true to Scripture (Rationally speaking), and the other is to ask is something just plain irrational to downright nutty apart from Scripture as such. That is, the 2 ways to look at things are, in effect, in terms of the given Bible Special (direct intervention by God) Revelation and in terms of Rational Natural Revelation. Irenaeus does outstanding Rational analysis of false nutty Christianities of his day which is still relevant for us in our today in dealing with so-called "higher criticism" and the various forms of spiritual Liberalism, Christian and otherwise (love is all you need, love is the "only absolute," etc.). Still, this is all a matter of Rationality (metaphysically speaking), that is, Logos Christology, which the Body of Christ has just re-discovered in the last few months courtesy of yours truly and with which we will set up the Kingdom and the "reign of Christ" both in the Church and government in the next few years, no doubt. Piece of cake, what can I say? Probably our most important Program ever, and maybe even our best. The Kingdom is in sight! Form up ranks! The saints are marching in! What more could you ask for?

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Program 646: On the The Early Church Fathers...

After Justin: Truth, Doctrine, and the Problem, Mystery and Spiritual Reality of key false Teaching, 4

Again, today, the Christian religion in its message of the Gospel and in its morality and philosophical cosmology, all of which are based on Reason, while false religions and false forms of Christianity and false philosophical systems are not, not complicated but extremely important and profound. 

 

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Program 645: On the The Early Church Fathers...

After Justin: Truth, Doctrine, and the Problem, Mystery and Spiritual Reality of key false Teaching, 3

Today more on why false religious systems are usually highly irrational as well as impious or amoral if not immoral not only in antiquity but also for us today, specifically, in Christian and Jewish Liberalism and in "higher criticism" generally, where the text often means anything but its plain meaning!

And also, today, more on Athens and Jerusalem or, that is, the Natural Revelation in Athens and the Special Revelation in Jerusalem and how Jesus is a fulfillment of both of them as Justin figured out as well as did the American founders who saw the 18th century Enlightenment to be an interface of the Natural and Special Revelations, as expressed in the terminology of "the Laws of Nature and of Natureís God." (Could I make this stuff up? Of course not. Everyone used to know this stuff, but now few do.) In essence, today, I do how philosophical theology came about, and in relationship to the Gospel.

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Program 644: On the The Early Church Fathers...

After Justin: Truth, Doctrine, and the Problem, Mystery and Spiritual Reality of key false Teaching, 2

Today more on the false "Gnostic" teachings in the Church that attempt to come in big time following Justin and that are so similar to the problems in our own time of so-called "higher criticism" and Liberalism ("love only" with no Atonement and no need for one and no Bodily Resurrection nor God capable of the supernatural etc.). All done today with some brief representative readings from Irenaeus with similar problems from the Early Church.

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Program 643: On the The Early Church Fathers...

After Justin: Truth, Doctrine, and the Problem, Mystery and Spiritual Reality of key false Teaching, 1

After Justin we enter a pivotal time for the history of mankind on earth and for the Church, and we see emerge questions of what is true Christianity of the Apostles in the essentials of the faith and what is it not, almost exactly the problem the Church, that is, the Body of Christ, has faced for the last 150 to 200 years in confronting the so-called "higher critics" of our time as well as the Liberals who do not accept a literal Atonement, nor a need for one, nor a bodily Resurrection, but rather "love only" or love as the "only absolute," as they themselves say. We see again today an old theme of Christianity "do it, or donít do it, but donít re-do it," and false Christianities are really just "re-doing" Christianity of the Bible without justification.

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After Justin, Christianity is intellectually the only valid philosophical system as well as religion, to this very day actually, but certainly for the next 10 or 15 centuries which follow Justin, few would dispute. Virtually the only question for man on earth from now on will be what is the true Christianity of the Apostles, now both philosophically and religiously speaking. Justin was a game-changer for the story of humankind on earth, no doubt about it, as he now will be again for us in our day in our re-discovery of him, but Justin says he got all his insights from some old man he met while out for a walk alone in nature. Did Justin really meet this clear Christ figure? Without question, but maybe not in the flesh!  But maybe, who really knows?  If not the angels, only Justin and Christ, obviously. I am quite sure that either one of them can and will tell us when we get to heaven, not that it really matters. Whatís the point? Justin as Socrates, his non-divine philosophical hero, is claiming that all his insights come from God, as do Heraclitus and Solomon with their Logos Wisdom Rationality thing, all of which Justin himself has explained to us in detail, but time to move on after this final video on Justin...

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Program 642: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #41

Okay, the last Program on Justin and his relationship to the history of Western philosophy and the story of the Great Books of Western philosophy. It took awhile! But, today, we end the Dialogue with Trypho, where Justin, in my opinion, goes out in a blaze of glory, as the expression goes.

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Program 641: On the The Early Church Fathers...

    Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #40

More today on wrapping up Justin and his Dialogue with Trypho and also today classic Christian teaching of what it means to be a "son of Abraham" by faith, and more on Justinís relationship to those great early Christians who will soon follow him.

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Program 640: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #39

Today, on this Friday before Resurrection Sunday we are looking to wrap up Justin as well as place him in the big picture or story of Christianity and mankindís knowledge on earth to this very day, and how Justin preaches a clear Kingdom Christianity of both new life in Christ with the peace in our hearts that passes understanding (or at least expression for Justin) as well as a political reality promised to the Jews in a "reign of David" of which the Christians are also inheritors. Justin is, again, his usual rarely equaled self.

I argue today after the Reformation the outright political Kingdom aspects tended to fall away for a salvation by faith without these larger promises. My view on this is again as Wesleyís that the 1000 year reign of the saints in "Jerusalem" (literally and figuratively) is before the final resurrection, new bodies, new heaven and new earth, and the final Judgment, etc. Justin is on board with most of this specific interpretation as well.

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Program 639: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #38

Justin is arguing that, Rationally speaking, the Christian Faith is true, and that the Wisdom of Right Reason of the Nature of things, that is, the Logos is of God and is identified with the Second Person of the Trinity in Proverbs 8 and John 1.

And we saw last time Scofield adds 1 Corinthians 1:24 & Colossians 2:3 "all wisdom and knowledge" in Christ to this discussion, and Brother Jerryís Liberty Study Bible adds Colossians 1:15-17, correctly in my opinion. And, today, I do various modern study Bibles on Logos Christology and Proverbs 8, and the only one that I have or know of that gets this all as right as Justin is the great Matthew Henry, the modern Bible commentator of last resort for me. So, today Logos Christology in its totality and its relationship to the redeeming work of Christ and new spiritual life in Christian salvation. Probably our most comprehensive Program of these subjects.

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Program 638: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #37

Today, massive fulfilled prophecy is a Rational explanation of the Christian faith as true, and it cannot be explained away, and it is never really addressed (let alone resolved) by the atheist or so-called "higher critic" to this very day.

We also get Christ in Justinís citing numerous Old Testament prophecies and most famously in Proverbs 8, which I read out of a modern translation, but the quotes are specifically out of Justin's Scriptural references. This is the profound basis of Logos Christology, straight out of Scripture and presented by Justin, himself, and afterwards by following Church fathers. Justin is laying the foundation of the discussion, to this day.  C. I. Scofield (with additional support passages) and especially the famous Matthew Henry see what is at stake between Proverbs 8 and John 1 in ways few other modern Bible commentators appreciate, but I am not able to get to all of these references today.

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Program 637: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #36

Today, we look at Justin in terms of the Sovereign story of God for mankind on earth and how this is all in the prophecies in the Old Testament and how Justin ties this all together.

And also today I look at many of the confusions and fallacies that have sprung up in the Church over the last 150 years concerning so-called "higher criticism," which is common, even prevalent, in todayís seminaries, and how this relates to human knowledge claims for mankind on earth. The so-called "higher critic" simply assumes the Bible cannot be literally true nor the supernatural possible, but both assumptions are unjustified by Reason, and, hence, down goes Christian Liberalism of the last 150 to 200 years. If there really is a God of Genesis 1:1, the supernatural is not inherently a problem, and if the Bible or the New Testament in particular is not myth or conspiracy, which it clearly is not, it is probably literally true, and it is definitely not a chocolate chip cookie recipe, which the postmodern "higher critic" holds, or something similar, since the text, as all texts, supposedly means something else other than its plain, "ordinary language" meaning (as Wittgenstein would say).

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Program 636: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #35

Justice, God, morality, love, Rational truth, and the Gospel and fulfilled prophecy are all interconnected.

Justinís theology concerning the relationship between the Old and New Covenants is unequaled, let alone unsurpassed, in the entire history of the Church in my opinion. No small accomplishment? Justin hits a home run virtually every time he goes to bat. Although Justin is in a physical body, no doubt, and very down to earth, so to speak, he is clearly not of this world. And neither is that old man he is supposedly talking to in order for Justin to get all of this stuff and be able to tell it to Trypho!

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Program 635: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #34

Logos Rationality pervades apologetic justification of the Christian Faith by prophecy fulfillment as well as by the philosophy of morality and the Good for the state (let alone the Resurrection). And, also, today more on the relationship between Athens (that is, the Natural Revelation) and Jerusalem (that is, the Special Revelation) before going on to a lot of basic Bible teaching. Much of this basic Bible stuff has been lost to the Church over the past 2 centuries, as is well-known.   

Justin does the Bible better than we do, and he does Logos Christology better than we do. He does almost everything better than we do, except perhaps a basic sin-and-salvation message and Covenant theology. Still, we need his Logos theology to win the day in our time and to set up the actual Kingdom Era with a single worldwide Christian salvation religion and with just, Rationality/ Logos-based government and law. What are our chances of victory? Actually quite good, since spiritual and Christian Liberalism, specifically, as well as political Liberalism in law and government, and humanism or atheism in religion, and political Radicalism in law and government cannot stand up to serious Rational analysis. Hence, we win, with time. How much time? Beats me, who knows really...

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Program 634: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #33

God is not only Love but also all Justice and Righteousness as well as the Rational, but Christianity is knowing God personally, and not simply naturalistically, and God has spoken directly to the Hebrews in the Spirit, and ultimately in Christ, and we get today Justinís complete commitment to the Old Testament prophets and the New Testament Apostles over the Greek philosophers.

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Program 633: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #32

Today, more of Justin for the knowledge of mankind on earth even to this day as well as for the reality of the Gospel for religion and Logos-based Justice for the state...

Today, more of Justinís supposed conversation with the mysterious old man, a clear figure of Christ, and the old man asks about an actual knowledge as acquaintance with God as well as the relationship of God to Greek philosophy and to Plato.  But what is truly "seeing" and "knowing" God as in Christ? And, also, the old man argues brilliantly against reincarnation. Justin is, again, the best... (Pretty smart old man, out walking alone in nature looking for "members of his household.")

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Program 632: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #31

Today, a bit more on clarifying Justinís concept of the Logos, since this is the key to everything in law, religion, education, entertainment and government, etc. and the solution to all our problems in these areas, and it is pivotal, even determinative, to the establishment of the "Kingdom come" on earth.  And, today, 4 basics types of conscience: seared or dead, deceived, natural, and Christian sanctified by the holy Spirit.

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Program 631: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #30

Again, today more of Justin and how he fits into the bigger picture of things. And I finally get back to The Dialogue with Trypho... Justin goes on a walk alone to contemplate things and to encounter God, and he does, Christ himself, at least in The Dialogue. Did he really? I tend to think so, but who is to say; certainly he did in the Spirit? But maybe it is just a literary device, but maybe not...

Justin with his Logos Right Reason, in essence, explains the underlying spiritual motivations, confusions, and mistakes of the so-called "Coercive Utopians" of our day trying to enact an irrational, unworkable, undesirable self-serving Liberal to Radical agenda, which they think is brilliant. As of today, political Liberalism and Radicalism are dead in the water for the next 1000 years for anyone with the eyes (or brains) to see, until Satan is released briefly to wreak havoc on earth and deceive the nations, one last time, at the end of the Kingdom Era. "Cool, man." Yes, very cool, and hardly imaginable just 10, even 8 weeks ago, not even remotely imaginable actually. Day by day I can hardly believe it myself, but we did it; we really did it, or, perhaps more accurately, we are really about to do it, we "kings" and "queens" sharing the Logos Rationality throne of Christ. Truly cool... truly, truly cool... Here we are, today, with yet another week to end all weeks, wrapping it all up and tying it all together... Pinch me; am I dreaming, or is this really real? It just canít be.... But here we are....

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Program 630: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #29

Today a review of the whole philosophical and Christian package of Justin before going on to the Dialogue with Trypho on Rationality to the Christian Faith in fulfillment of Jewish prophecy as well as philosophical Truth more generally.

Justin correctly and brilliantly sees Christ to be both the fulfillment of the Natural Revelation of the Greeks and their Logos Rationality and the fulfillment of the Special Revelation given to the Hebrews with Abraham, Moses and the Prophets. In any case, in my opinion, the two components of a victorious Kingdom Christianity are a true Christian Bible salvation in religion and a real Rational good for government in legislation and law. This is the Kingdom, no more, no less? And 10 weeks ago, not even on the horizon, but now here we are, working on the actual "Kingdom come" in all its fullness clearly in sight based on Justin's Rationally fulfilled prophecy, Logos Christology, and the two basic philosophical questions of antiquity, namely, the practical and the moral, and, I still donít even believe it myself.

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Program 629: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #28

Okay, enough already, for all you doubters out there. I know you are there, and I am going to prove today beyond a shadow of a doubt that Justin is the heaviest philosopher who has ever lived, but he is claiming to get all his stuff from this mysterious Christ figure, so he is not even claiming it is his own knowledge and philosophy. The Rational truth of God in part is in the natural man, and in whole in the Christian, but the natural man does not have or "know" (in being acquainted with) the Person of the holy Spirit in his heart as the Spirit-filled Christian, and the Liberal has or "knows" a false spirit or "Jesus" in his heart, says Paul.

Plato is famous for saying "knowledge is virtue." The idea is you "know" the virtue if you have done it (or do it), but you do not know the virtue if you have not done it, you just know about it. For example, if you have not been brave in battle but ran off then you do not have the virtue and really in truth do not "know" it. I have never been in combat, so I may know what bravery in combat is intellectually, but I do not know it as an experience. This is Platoís profound insight on these two senses of the word "knowing." Similarly you could say the same thing with "faithfulness" in marriage, etc. You may know the meaning of the words but the unfaithful person in a real sense does not "know" the virtue, is Platoís point, though no doubt one can have weakness of the will or a domination by the old nature in some circumstances, and it usually causes great grief to the person. Platoís treatment of this is obviously very similar, philosophically, to Paulís treatment of knowing and doing and not doing in Romans 7. In any case, when Plato says, "knowledge is virtue" he means knowledge as doing and not intellectually. And what does Jesus say to some on the day of Judgment? "Depart from me I never knew you."

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Program 628: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #27

Today, we continue with Justinís Dialogue with Trypho...

I think this aspect today of this Dialogue with Trypho is one of the most interesting things I have ever read. It must be a literary device of a clear Christ figure to make the story work, and in fact Justinís actual testimony in the Second Apology is not exactly the same as in this Dialogue. Regardless in the Dialogue, the old man Justin encounters alone in a quiet place in nature is out looking for members of his "household" (get it?), and he explains endless Old Testament prophecies to Justin and even how many of them relate to Greek philosophy, and the mysterious old man even gives the failings of Greek philosophy to Justin. How does some mysterious old man know all of this stuff? He is clearly a Christ figure much like, say, how Christ literally appeared on the road to Emmaus as just an ordinary person. Did Christ actually appear to Justin? Perhaps, but presumably not. Presumably Justin got all of this information in his studies from the Holy Spirit, and Justin in modesty, as a literary device, puts it all into the mouth of a mysterious but clear Christ-like figure. Either way Justin is, again, off the charts and in a class by himself. Nothing unusual about that?

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Program 627: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #26

Today we finish up Justinís Second Apology, which is better and more engaging than any fictitious story I know of. The Father is the greatest Playwright Who ever lived, understandably. It is more a hobby for Him I think than a profession.

Today we look at the Rationality of both the practical and the moral, the basic two questions of classical philosophy and of the Kingdom Era, of course. Kingdom Christianity has both Evangelism and the so-called "cultural mandate," its "two tracks" as James Kennedy used to say, or as I teach, Abraham was both saved by faith or "faith counted as righteousness" and the father of many just and righteous nations (again, the 2 tracks, of, in essence, religion and government), and this is as also in the book of Revelation in the Kingdom Era where we are all to be "priests" and "kings," which is Reformation Christianity ("priests") and good and righteous Logos-based government, which we (with or in Christ) do as "kings."  Kingdom Christianity is really not very complicated in my opinion, and it seems to me we are making pretty good progress in it these days, if I do say so myself, at least in what we are now shooting for, so to speak, but even this is not original with me.  I used to say to the late James Kennedy, "Yes, Christianity does indeed travel on the 2 tracks or rails of Evangelism and the cultural mandate, but to complete the metaphor we should never forget that it is powered and even enlightened by 'the 3rd rail' of the holy Spirit, given to us personally at Pentecost!" As Patton used to say, an army is a team and this is a team effort, and with an additional 10 million souls saved, we (as "priests" and "kings") will easily reverse the course of the Church and the nation, Rationally speaking, in the next few years, I would think, and then take on the whole world. No problem, but these are two separate tracks of "religion" and "government" but both generally empowered and illuminated or enlightened by the Spirit. We are not going to make it without the third Person of the Trinity, in my opinion.  Also, today we start The Dialogue with Trypho, a Jew. It starts with Justinís meeting Trypho and his friends, and it is after this that Justin tells a story to Trypho of meeting a mysterious old man who leads him to Christ by way of the Jewish prophets, as we will hopefully see next time.

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Program 626: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #25

Today, Justin is his usual "10" self, and we do more on the total brilliance of Justinís philosophical theology and how false religions and philosophical systems are not True, nor Good, and cannot stand up to Rational analysis (our usual philosophical Trinity).

I think the Churchís rediscovering Justin will be as important to the history of mankind and to the Church as Lutherís Reformation, and furthermore Justinian Christianity will be the Christianity of the Kingdom Era, in my opinion. This means in the last 8 or 9 weeks we have begun a 1000 year journey for mankind on earth. Cool, no? The American founders were good with all of this because they accepted "the Laws of Nature and of Natureís God," which is actually both the Natural and Special Revelations and even includes the Law given at Sinai specifically, and therefore that Law is from God directly and highly instructive in order to glean principals of Justice and Righteousness for good laws today, as we saw at length in the videos on the Old Testaments some years ago now, but it is not good for literal application in our day, of course. In any case, Bible Christianity tended increasingly to fall into a "salvation only" mode with the rise of Christian Liberalism in the 19th century, and this tended to divorce it from the larger social, cultural, and political issues of the general society, a move which would have been totally foreign to the American founders. At 4:11 minutes I mean Hebrew not Greek prophets, of course.

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Program 625: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #24

Today, we see clearly that Justin has probably the most gifted philosophical mind who ever lived and ever will live, and that he is the solution to all our problems both religious and political, and from this I think we can clearly see the Kingdom of God come on earth from here where we stand today, not just in the Church, but for the nations of the world. That is the take away from the great Justin Martyr.

I think you could almost say all that stands between us and the literal Kingdom come on earth is Liberalism and Radicalism (politically and philosophically speaking), and, of course, returning the Christian Church and Judaism back to a Biblical base, which is something of a secondary issue for this philosophical Great Books Story. But, regardless, Justin Martyrís Christianity will take out all of these problems. Piece of cake. Further, I think today the apparently supernatural event of DNA may well prove to be to the Kingdom Era what the bodily Resurrection of Christ was to the Church Age. We can no longer Rationally or even scientifically deny the reality of a Creator God, and hence the entire Christian cosmology from the Creation to the Final Judgment. We really are going to set up the actual Kingdom come. Every morning when I get out of bed, I still can really hardly believe it myself, what has come to pass in the last few weeks, but here we are. So unbelievably cool, we win over the spiritual forces of darkness and deception, and of intellectual irrationality!  And, again, 8 or 9 weeks ago now, not even on the horizon in history.  God Almighty, Father.  God in His divine Sovereignty has orchestrated this whole thing to take place in history on earth starting at this very hour, but how long it will take to play out in our time, who knows? In Justinís time it will take another 100, 150 to 200 years, depending on when one deems Christianity to have totally "conquered" the Roman Empire, spiritually and intellectually speaking. But, still, for crying out loud, we have the actual Kingdom Era within our grasp for the whole world! All we have to do is reach out and take it, basically by Rational argument of Justinís Logos Christology! Millions upon millions would have given almost anything to live in this time and to see this day! What in hell or in heaven, for that matter, are we waiting for?

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Program 624: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #23

Today, more of Justinís Second Apology... And, the "salvation only" of todayís Evangelical Christianity will lose out if it does not include the larger philosophical, cultural, and political issues... And again, today, the relationship between the Great Awakening faith of Abraham, Paul, and Luther to the political reality of 1776, and using Justin this is easy to do, in fact... One of our better Programs, no doubt... The more things change in all history, the more they remain the same?

And for Justin the Christian Faith (and cosmology in effect) is Rational if the Old Testament prophecies are fulfilled, just as for Paul the Christian Faith (and cosmology from the Creation to the Final Judgment) is Rational if Jesus walked out of the grave. Justin is the heavyweight champion of the world in philosophy and never defeated and hardly ever even challenged by unbelievers to this very day. Justinís Christian Faith is so basic and Biblical that it can hardly be put into words. Also Justin (as the Early Church Fathers generally) holds to free will in that this is what holds us to moral accountability before God, and this is the ultimate issue for mankind on earth and in avoiding the Final Judgment with Christian salvation. Great, basic Evangelical Christianity here of the first order, plus Logos Christology. Cool, no? With this, we will set up the Kingdom, perhaps even in our lifetimes! I have known where this was going for the story of mankind on earth from Program 1, but if you do not know the basics of the Old Testament and Greek Logos philosophy and then the New Testament with new spiritual life in Christ, Who is the Logos, you are not ready for Justin (and his Logos Christology), and it took almost 600 Programs to get here and 3 or 4 years of videoing, but we are here, and the Kingdom is in sight, as a literal reality on earth (of the Reign of Logos Rationality), both for religion, namely, all faiths and corrupted forms of Christianity getting on board for a clear Bible Christianity, and for all philosophical systems or worldviews falling in line with the ultimate Rationality of things of Truth, Right or Justice and Good. If you do not think this is cool, you are an idiot... so to speak? We are actually going to pull this Kingdom thing off, especially with the irrationality and failures of Liberalism, Radicalism and atheism in religion and government now plain for all to see. I can still hardly believe it myself, but here we are, so cool, and 6, 8, 10 weeks ago the Kingdom thing was not even on the horizon in any realistic sense, but now totally foreseeable.

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Program 623: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #22

Today, we do Justinís Second Apology. We still have a short in the low volume of our music sound system. In any case, the Christian faith spiritual experience and its theology are true, real and Rational. And traditional notions of God, the Gospel, Justice (the so-called "higher moral law") and Reason go together, and generally stand and fall together, and are as a group generally opposed by both the spiritual Liberal (Christian or otherwise) and the atheist. The Liberal and Radical (in religion, law and politics) can virtually only think and act in terms of their faulty (that is, non-Rational) ideological agendas. God, help us.

At 16:43 minutes being a "Roman Catholic" today does not mean beans, nor does being a "Presbyterian" or "Methodist," etc. Why? Because all the major denominations (even Roman Catholicism after Vatican II) have become "big tent" Christianity, which can mean virtually anything, theologically, morally, etc. to whatever someone wants to believe. The key here is after Justin (and this is in many Church histories) the only viable religion or worldview philosophy is Christianity.  Justin is good, very good, the best. Game over, we win? No, not over, after Justin the Church is increasingly swamped by false Christianities within and not so much by the previous attacks from without. These are substitute Christianities as it were, whether Gnosticism or Neo-Platonism. For us, for better or worse, Vatican II Roman Catholicism is a new Catholicism, and it is meant to be, and certainly Liberal Protestantism is a new Christianity, and it is meant to be. And this is happening within the various Church groups or denominations in our time, as will happen after Justin with false Christianities of that day. In my opinion, the Liberals (or so-called "higher critics") have taken over virtually every major domination and seminary, including Roman Catholicism, in the name of "fixing" them of course. Again, God, help us, big time, but again Rational Justinian Christianity will break up Christian Liberalism of all stripes because Christian and even Jewish Liberalism of all stripes cannot be squared with the Bible, Rationally speaking, and hence Justinian Christianity is the solution to all of our problems even in the Church let alone in the society more generally in law, education, entertainment, government, etc. Justin is simply the best who ever was and who ever will be, but, as Cicero, he has been removed from almost all philosophy textbooks.  Too bad, how sad?  Tough luck?

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Program 622: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #21

Today, before going on to Justinís Second Apology, we do more on the central relevancy and importance of Logos Christology for mankindís knowledge on earth, and the fact that the Faith of Jerusalem and the Reason of Athens are not opposed to each other, indeed quite the opposite.

People in reality reject the Gospel not for Rational, intellectual reasons, though they may say that but for, in fact, hard heart reasons, and Christianity is a matter of heart and mind, and mind Rationality is, in realty, not the problem for modern humanist man. Bill Bright used to say such supposed intellectual arguments by the person who rejects new spiritual life in Christ are just a "smoke screen" for unbelief and sin. Men and women tend to have heart problems, do they not? And I am not talking medical science here.

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Program 621: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #20

Today why Christianity has lost out in the West (among intellectuals) for the last 200 to 300 years and why just the opposite happened in the Roman Empire after Justin, who (one more time) approached the truth of the Christian faith in terms of Rationality and not mere doctrinal statements nor mere feelings or spiritual, experiences, though valid they may be, and as we have increasingly done over the last 200 to 300 years in the Protestant churches and as Vatican II Christianity tends to do as well.

In 100 AD Christianity is a fringe subgroup in the Roman Empire; by 200 AD it is everywhere, and commonplace, though not yet the dominate spiritual force it will become in the following two centuries. By contrast, in the last 300 years our modern Bible Christianity has done just the reverse. It has gone from being a dominate spiritual, moral, philosophic let alone religious force to a fringe spiritual, moral, philosophic, and even religious influence. A sad state of affairs if ever there was one. The atheist and the Liberal have simply demolished the viability of the Bible Christian faith intellectually speaking, with totally spurious arguments, no less. I donít mean to be a wise guy here, but, boys, it seems to me it is time to "return fire," as the expression goes, and tell it like it is. The Church seems to have developed something of a bunker mentality and even an Alamo complex.

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Program 620: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #19

Okay, today things are working a little better with the videoing, and I try today before going on to Justinís Second Apology to put Justin into the historical context of Christianity as such and not philosophy specifically. But, still, Justice is both true and real as well as Rational, which the atheist and Liberal do not buy into, as the very point of their positions. I think I establish once and for all the truth and relevancy of Justinian Christianity, and why it was lost for some Christians over the centuries.

Some Christians reject a Justinian Christianity (that is, the Faith is Rational and Christ is Rationality), most notably the great early church father Tertullian as well as many Calvinists and modern day Charismatics. (Tertullian was Charismatic before Charismatic was cool.) These people tend to argue that the Christian faith is generally not Rational, and further that the second Person of the Trinity is not Logos Rationality, itself. These folks are often fine Christians, but just wrong on this point; I think because while victorious Christianity over the world, the flesh (old nature), and the Devil requires the Logos Christology of Justinian Christianity, the Gospel as such generally does not. In my opinion it is simply false to hold that the Christian Faith is based solely or even primarily on irrational spiritual experiences, as fine as they may be at times. Justin has no problem with these experiences (which cannot be put into words) of peace in the heart, etc. In fact Justin is elsewhere a strong advocate of this, but he does not limit the Christian Faith to such feelings or spiritual experiences. Hence, it is also my opinion if anyone has "the keys to the Kingdom" it is clearly Justin, and not Peter. If one gives "reason and knowledge" to the atheist and "irrational faith" to the Christian, the Christian will lose every time, just as the modern atheist of the 18th century understood with his ridiculous "faith versus reason" position. Again, and again I say again, Justin argues correctly that the Christian Faith is Rational, and that Christ is Logos Rationality itself, and that other religions and philosophical systems are actually not Reasonable, though they usually think they are (if they are not overtly postmodern, which does not believe in Rationality in the first place in order to be it in the second place.). In short, once a Justinian Christianity is re-established, "the knowledge of the Lord (in the Gospel and otherwise) will cover the earth as waters cover the sea," and the Kingdom is all but here. Piece of cake, we did it. Cool, no? (To tell you the truth, I hardly believe it myself.)

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Program 619: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #18

There is no introduction music today!  Where it is I do not know. Every Program takes about 3 hours of encoding and compressing, and the original music introduction was there but lost time and again in the encoding and compressing process. In any case, today we finish Justinís First Apology and then do the Rationality of Christianity both philosophically and in terms of fulfillment of the Old Testament Jewish prophets who spoke not by Logos Reason, but by the holy Spirit of God within them, and then we do, again, Justinís position in relationship to the history of philosophy and to us today, and, again, many themes of The Revolution essays.

Justinís use of Old Testament prophecy is Rationally irrefutable (and few if any even try in the next 1850 years), and clear, impossible prophecy is in many ways as proving of the entire Christian cosmology as the Resurrection, which Paul used on Marsí Hill. Regardless, there are pivotal figures in the history of Western knowledge and philosophy and for mankind on earth, and Justin is one of them. He merges the Natural Revelation of God in the Greeks in Athens with the Special Revelation of God to the Hebrews and in Christ in Jerusalem. The East of Jerusalem meets the West of Athens, and never shall they be split again for probably 90% of Christians. There are historical figures for whom there is a "before and after" for man on earth, and everything changes with them forever. Clearly Socrates, Paul, Justin, Origen, Augustine, even Aquinas and certainly Luther, among numerous others, fall into this category. But for us at this point the issue is before and then after Justin, when manís knowledge and Western philosophy will never be the same again. The Logos Rationality of Heraclitus and Athens (which is the same as the Wisdom of Solomon) has met the Logos of Christianity, the second Person of the Trinity, Christ, himself, from all eternity. They are one and the same, just as the Father is Goodness itself, and the Spirit is Truth itself. Iíve been preaching and teaching a Greek philosophical Trinity of the Right (Christ), the Good (the Father), and the True (the Spirit) for 3 or 4 years now, I would guess, and no one has believed me, but now everyone does! Again, not a bad 6 weeks work, not a bad 6 weeks at all!

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Program 618: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #17

Today more of the specific Christian faith aspects of Justin more than the philosophical aspects. And Justin is as good at preaching a clear world of salvation as he is at doing the philosophical aspects of the faith. Still, Christianity is something of an "enlightenment" (Justinís word, correctly) religion, and some benighted people just cannot see it.

Personal saving faith is based on Reason, but it is specifically trusting for oneís self in the atoning work of Christ. Still, the Christian faith is true and Rational, and the question is does one want to then accept the Covenant offer for oneís self personally. That is "the faith" aspect. I think Justin has almost the perfect evangelical message, namely, the Christian faith is Reasonable and True, therefore personally accept it for yourself, that is, believe for yourself in order to be born again into new spiritual Life in Christ. And, again, there are some skips in this video though I thought I had solved this problem previously..

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Program 617: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #16

Justin is trying to show the Rationality of the Christian faith and the non-Rationality of other religions and philosophical systems, and he is not simply trying to so-call "reconcile Christianity and reason," as some say (if anything he is trying to show they are one and the same). That is, the Christian faith is actually based on Reason, and Christ is Rationality itself.

In short, Christianity is true as a knowledge claim based on Reason, and it is not an un-Reasonable blind faith claim, as even some Christians hold. And, again, Right Reason or the Logos is the answer to all of problems whether religious, philosophical, moral, legal, educational, or political. Even the atheist Bertrand Russell concedes the Christians were triumphant in the Roman Empire spreading the Bible faith because their Christianity was the most, indeed almost only, Rational philosophical worldview or religious system of late antiquity, but for Russell modern science justifies a return to a basically hedonistic Epicureanism! (You figure that one out as a homework exercise.) In reality in the 200 years after Justin, Bible Christianity was virtually totally triumphant in the realm of philosophy and religion, while for us in the 200 years after the American Revolution, the once central and dominate Christian position has been marginalized almost to the kook fringe. Maybe we need to repeat what they did the first time around in antiquity, namely, salvation by faith coupled with Logos Christology or Rationality a la the incomparable Justin Martyr (rather than coupled with some amoral, utopian political theory, as we tend to do today). Just a thought. There are a number of skips in this video today.

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Program 616: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #15

Today, Justin again as The Revolution essays, and Justin as doing the Rationality Logos. Justin is alive and well for us today, even more so I would think than he was in 150 AD. Literally raising the dead (in this case spiritually and philosophically speaking) is only one of my various God-given gifts and talents. Again, today, we do Justin and the Logos or Right Reason and Truth in relationship to the entire history of philosophy and science and political science and manís knowledge on earth. Right Reason or the Logos is, clearly, the solution to all our problems.

Also, Justin today is as conservatively Christian as anyone else has ever been, philosophy and Logos, or no philosophy and Logos. He has a clear "believe and receive" message of the Apostles. It is my personal opinion that I could almost shut down this website and these videos at this point because in some ways there is really almost nothing left to be said in the entire history of Western philosophy, though we are in reality just getting started with Justinís writings, which get better and better in fact. And, again, Justin thinks Plato got his philosophical insights from the Old Testament prophets, something hard to prove, no doubt, but an interesting idea. The bottom-line here is 6 weeks ago probably 9 out of 10 (if not 99 out of 100) Christians (let alone non-Christians) had never heard of "Logos Christology," though it or a variation on it is central to John Lockeís thought, probably the greatest social and political philosopher of the last 500 years, and central to John Wesleyís writings, one of the greatest theologians of the last 500 years, and further Logos Christology is probably the key to bringing home wayward Protestant Liberalism as well as Vatican II Roman Catholicism and Reform Judaism, and even more important, Logos Christology is the key to the Final Victory over demonic deception and darkness more generally, philosophically speaking, and the key to setting up of the literal Kingdom of God on earth in peace and righteousness with liberty and justice for all, where we as born-again, Spirit-filled kings and queens share in the reign of Christ over the nations, based, themselves, on Logos Rationality for 1000 years, proverbial or literal, and not based on power plays or faulty non-Rational ideologies of political Liberalism, political Radicalism, etc. (Not a bad 6 weeks work, if I do say so myself.) How long will this Final (spiritual) Battle and Victory take? 6 months, or 6 years, or 60 years? Again, I donít know; Jesus says only the Father knows, but the end of the Church Age seems clearly in sight at this hour, and it was not even close 6 weeks ago, to say the least.

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Program 615: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #14

Today the actual Kingdom of God come on earth, and how it relates to the entire history of Western philosophy, and how this is all reflected in Justinís treatment of Christianity. Basically, today, I do a truncated version of the 5 Revolution essays and admit I shamelessly stole most of it out of Justin, and then I expand on this relationship to Justin to the entire history of Western philosophy, and the last 300 years in particular.

At 10:00 minutes and following, and at 12:00 minutes and following in particular, Justin, in effect, adds Rationality versus Irrationality to the Didache dichotomy of new life in the Way and to the dichotomy of Galatians 5 of the fruit of the Spirit and works of the fallen flesh. Brilliant! Off the charts, mankindís existence on earth will never be the same. No small accomplishment, before the Roman authorities cut off his head for doing this. Take your pick: atheism, hatred or strife, immorality or hedonism, dictatorship or tyranny, no truth, and absurd Irrationality on the one hand, or on the other, theism, love, morality or virtue, Justice for the state, truth, and Rationality of the Logos, and, further, you avoid the Final Judgment, and you get new life in the Spirit, and Life eternal. The fact is modern humanism of the 18th century was amoral (values are not facts) not hedonistic immoral as our current postmodern atheism, and it was not overtly against Rational truth nor overtly for tyranny, as our recent postmodern Sartre and Rorty are on all counts. In short, modern humanism tried to exist in a gray area between the two extremes outlined brilliantly by Justin for the entire history of Western philosophy, but in the 20th century postmodern humanism collapsed, indeed jumped, into an overtly radical, Irrational absurdism and into a radical subjectivity, tyranny, and atheism all by its own statement, no less, as its very point of being! Justin is simply 1800 years ahead of the game and the answer to all our problems today with the Logos Rationality key to the Kingdom come on earth. Good grief, I can hardly believe it myself.  Not our greatest Program ever, but perhaps our most important?

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Program 614: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #13

Today, more on the philosophical aspects of Right Reason and the good of the state and how it relates to us today. Justin is in his usual rare and outstanding form today.

I go back and forth today between the two texts because the Classics Club version is a smoother and easier to read version of the text, but it edits out some very good and important parts of the text, in which cases I read from the earlier 19th century full translation. The point is I am not skipping around but reading straight thru the text in a linear fashion.

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Program 613: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #12

We pause again today and put things into the context of the whole history of Western philosophy. And we do a bit more of the controversial (for some) Logos Christology.

Again and again I do Justin and how he fits into the whole story of philosophy because I think he so important. The key here is though the modern humanist position was claimed to be based on "reason" famously, it really was not Reason in the larger sense of the Logos of Western civilization that came out of the Greeks. The relevancy of this for our time cannot be overstated. Our most purely philosophical Program ever, perhaps, though unfortunately the end of it is lost forever, when the Program abruptly ends before the closing music. Lost in cyberspace? The last photo of the final current marker board was Program 584 Photo... At 28:19 minutes the Russian Revolution is in 1917 of course; it sounds like 1970 in the video.

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Program 612: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #11

Today, Christ as the fulfillment of Old Testament Jewish prophecies (scores of them), and this cannot be refuted or anywhere close to refuted, and for the next 1850 years no significant thinker even bothers to try to my knowledge. Justin is simply the best there is and ever will be. There is no king in Israel for the Jews after Christ, as Moses prophesied, etc., etc., etc.

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Program 611: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #10

Today we pause a bit and tie many themes together related to Justin and the story of Western philosophy. Arguably this is the best Program we have ever done and ever will do here at up to speed go for it.

Who is for Justice, Reason, morality, and love? And who is for tyranny, hate, hedonism, and atheism? You choose! At 8:30 minutes it is "the only place Christians arenít is the pagan temples." There are, again, a couple of skips in this video.

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Program 610: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #9

Today, more of Justinís First Apology, and a bit on the reality and complexity of the demon thing. Justin is also again today very similar to Paulís points on Marsí Hill.

And finally today Justin is very big on Christís being the fulfillment of Jewish prophecy, probably even more so than he is on Logos Christology, for which he is so famous. But note the fulfillment of Jewish prophecy is also a very Rational argument, as well. Also, for the Early Church Fathers "demons" played a real role in energizing un-believing pagans to hate them and even martyr them, just as demons can also play a role in a way off track Judaism or Christianity the Bible says, when one is untrue in spirit and truth to the overt essentials of the Biblical faith, though certain clear errors can be merely of the flesh, of course. In any case, when "the spirit of the age" is the holy Spirit of God, presumably we have entered the Kingdom Era. The spirit of our current age is mostly amoral, "no truth" postmodernism, is it not? (Today, there are quite a few skips in the video.)

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Program 609: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #8

Today, again, for all Western philosophy everything tends to be before and after Justin in terms of the Logos and Justice for the state and how it relates to Revelation, as I have just done in the last few weeks in The Revolution essays, and also with the question is a law moral and practical, or even just and prosperous, or no?

Also, today basic political science and the history of this stuff briefly in broad brushstrokes, before returning to Justinís attempt to win the Emperor, himself, to the faith as, in effect, superior to Stoicism, Christianityís only real competitor. I am not sure Bible Christianity has any real even semi-viable philosophical or religious competitors today. Arguably mainline Protestant Liberalism, Vatican II Roman Catholicism, and Reform Judaism are counterfeit Gospels but not real overt rivals, as such, outright. They are more akin to later Gnostic Christianity and other similar problems. 

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Program 608: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #7

More today of putting the main themes of Justin in historical context and how they relate to our time. Good or desirable, and Right or Rational, and True, are again our classic philosophical Trinity of the literal Father, Son, and holy Spirit of Truth of the Bible and classic Christian theology.

At 12:45 minutes I do the two questions of Western civilization and of Solomon, Socrates and Cicero in terms of, Is something (truly) just (or moral) and is it wise (in essence workable)? This is as opposed to morally good and practical, as I do in The Revolution essays, but it is essentially the same set of ideas or a "variation" on them (as I like to say). "The Word" is from the Lord in the Bible as well as Christ himself and of the Logos or Right Reason or true Wisdom, and even the Word of God as such generally in the Bible, itself. Justin is off the charts here again today, I would say.

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Program 607: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #6

Justin today is almost identical to Socrates and to John Lockeís religious tolerance essay and the American Constitution and Declaration, and seeing this tends to explain the entire history and substance of Western philosophy.

At 25:17 minutes, to be clear, today's Liberal could not have made his arguments against traditional Christianity in 1705 because the disputes within Christianity (between Protestants and Catholics) were not over the literal truth of the Gospel (the Atonement, Resurrection, etc.) as they will be in 1905, and as they also were in 105 AD, as we have already seen with what the Early Church Fathers took to be lies from the Devil. And further, today, we go into how all this relates to our times and our philosophical, religious, and governmental or political problems. Bottom-line? We are generally not on the level of the New Testament Apostles as we like to think sometimes nor even the Early Church Fathers, as a slight understatement. As a general statement on most theological issues, we today are something of a pathetic mess? In my opinion every pastor who has a general idea of what the Gospel is about (new spiritual life in Christ by personally accepting the atoning sacrifice for oneís self) should start to preach it from the pulpit, if not doing so already.

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Program 606: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #5

Again, today, it is the Logos that connects everything from the Natural Revelation of the Greeks and the Special Revelation of the Hebrews and in Christ for the Christians together, and it is Justin who fully realizes all these connections. And once one sees them they are almost self-evident.

And, also today, the relationship of Justinís First Apology to the American Declaration of Independence, and even the Bill of Rights. I think we see today, more generally, in the actual text and in his argument and actual presentation of the Christian faith that Justin is like Robert Redford in the movie The Natural.  Justin is simply the best at what he does, the best who ever was and the best who ever will be. And as Paul on Marsí Hill, the prototype, as it were, Justin argues this all means the Christian cosmology is true from the Creation to the Final Judgment. One of our best video Programs ever, Iíd say.

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Program 605: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #4

Today, more on Justin and the Logos for our time and for his, and at last we move on to Justinís First Apology... Basically the argument runs, as I paraphrase it, "Do not condemn us unjustly or it will reflect badly upon you, oh, Emperor, because just being a ĎChristianí is in itself no real Ďcrimeí."

And, also, today, Justin, overtly connects Christian martyrdom and his own eventual martyrdom with the well-known (at that time) unjust death of the highly esteemed Socrates. Brilliant, Justin, simply brilliant! And all this is connected to the Logos and, hence, Jesus Himself! Get down, get back, the saints are coming in, although they appear to be losing at this time, of course.

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Program 604: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #3

Today more of how "Jerusalem" and "Athens" interrelate in the Sovereignty of God and how when you are thinking correctly you are participating in the Logos (of Heraclitus and the Wisdom of Solomon in Proverbs 8). And, again, how all of this relates to the problems of our time in the history of philosophy and religion and of mankind on earth.

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I also try to show the weakness with the "Egyptian spoils" principle or idea and replace it with "Solomonís prerogative" and even "Justinís insight" on the Logos and what is really happening by the Sovereignty of God in Athens in order to combine it with Jerusalem in Christianity to create what we today roughly call "the Western heritage" And we owe it all to Justin? Maybe, or close to it? Isnít that something...

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Program 603: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #2

Today, the somewhat complex relationship between the Special Revelation of the Bible and the Natural Revelation of the Greeks resolved in Justin for the story of mankind on earth, again, no small accomplishment...

Also, today how Justin is probably the answer to all our problems in our time whether social, political, governmental, legal, educational, and even religious, of all things! Justin is the beginning of something new for mankind on earth, just as the editors of this Early Church Fathers series say. Justin does not leave philosophy for religion but rather he shows that Christianity is true (Reasonable) philosophy, and further other competing philosophies and religions not based on the Logos are not Reasonable. After Justin it is only a matter of time before Christianity triumphs both philosophically and religiously in the West.

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Program 602: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Justin Martyr: Philosophical Truth, Right Reason, Logos, the Nature of Things, & Jewish Reality, #1

Clear the decks... Today, we begin the great, probably the unequaled, and certainly unsurpassed Justin Martyr. At 2:50 minutes I should say Galatians 5 and 6 and not simply Galatians 6. In any case, the preliminary 601 video Programs are now over...  Everything in the entire history of philosophy as well as the entire history of Judaism is going to change with Justin... forever... no small accomplishment? Justin is my favorite philosophical figure and certainly Christian philosophical figure and quite possibly the most important philosophical figure who ever lived. He will be in many ways the Socrates of Christianity, and he is very well aware of that himself. Quite simply after Justin mankindís knowledge on earth is changed forever...

This is philosophical grad school stuff here (at least in our time) of the first order, we are no longer playing games with theological Liberalism (Protestant, Catholic or Jewish) let alone atheism. All opponents, skeptics, cynics, Epicureans and all false religions are going to get their clocks cleaned by perhaps the greatest philosopher who ever lived, and certainly my favorite... His ability to argue so well apparently leads to his death, when he is turned in to the authorities to be a Christian by a rival philosopher. If Justin is the Socrates of Christianity, Origen or Augustine may well be the Plato of Christianity. Everything in all Christianity and even everything in all history may in fact be and probably is a footnote to Origen or Augustine, but, still, without Socrates no Plato nor Aristotle, and without Justin it is not clear to me that we would all be sitting here today as we are because it is not clear to me we would have ever had Origen or even Augustine, though maybe Tertullian. Few if any superlatives are adequate to describe Justin. The hours and hours of philosophical pleasure found in discovering Justin years ago surpassed perhaps even those in finding Augustine, Cicero, Descartes or even Plato, and maybe even John Locke, if that is possible, but it is possible, and it did happen. Justin is doing the Logos as Right Reason and as the Wisdom of Solomon, but Solomon only does it as divine "Wisdom," as such. May I do Justin justice, in however many Programs it will take to get through him. (At 41:07 minutes I should, of course, say, "Values are facts.")

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Program 601: On the The Early Church Fathers...

The pastoral & philosophical story, Clement to Justin Martyr... Part 19

Today, Polycarp, a great, inspiring, and favorite saint of all Christians throughout the ages. First, we look at a letter of Polycarp, which actually reflects the hot debates of the early 20th century about the fundamentals or essentials of the Bible Christian faith (with false "doctrines of demons" such as modern day Liberalism), and then the story of Polycarpís martyrdom, one of the truly great accounts of all history, let alone the Church.  Polycarp says, "Away with the atheists!" You die old man!!! So dies Polycarp, who was in the habit of "praying for all men, and for the Churches throughout the world" something that has clearly gone out of style in recent centuries, if not the last two millennia?

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Program 600: On the The Early Church Fathers...

The pastoral & philosophical story, Clement to Justin Martyr... Part 18

Today, more on the philosophical themes of the early Church and how they so closely parallel the issues of our own day, and why the postmodernism of our time is actually a repudiation of the entire Western heritage of Reason from the Greeks. And how all of this may, in fact, play out in our time and in the years to come...

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Program 599: On the The Early Church Fathers...

The pastoral & philosophical story, Clement to Justin Martyr... Part 17

Today, again, new Life in the Way as in the Spirit and the Spirit in us in our hearts and Right Reason as it is used for Christian evangelism as well as for understanding the moral good life and ultimately the just and desirable state. Also, today, Ignatius goes over the basics of the Christian faith, over and over before his martyrdom. I think he wants to be sure everyone understands what Christianity is all about before the Romans kill him, and he hopes the lions eat him all so the saints do not have to bother with his remains, very thoughtful of him, I'd say.

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Program 598: On the The Early Church Fathers...

The pastoral & philosophical story, Clement to Justin Martyr... Part 16

Today, more on the Christian Bible faith in the early church and in our time, and its entire philosophical worldview, and developing a relevant message to a particular time which one is in. And the big issue of our time is, in my opinion, is the Christian cosmology true from the Creation to the Final Judgment? If we can answer that positively, as Paul does on Marsí Hill, we will see the total triumph of Bible Christianity in our time, in my opinion, and it will be based on reason, or "Right Reason," as the early Christians would say, that is, truly thinking correctly.

At 9:33 minutes the issue of Christianity is the true Jesus of the Bible and not a false Jesus of the ancient Gnostic or the Liberal today, but, technically, it is the holy Spirit or Comforter and even conscience-type Convicter that comes in and gives us not only spiritual fellowship with the true Jesus of the Bible but with the (Abba) Father Himself in our hearts. But technically Jesus has left us, and the Father has sent the holy Spirit, and Jesus as the Logos (or Rationality) is already present in Greek philosophy as seen in Logos-Christology, which will come famously with Justin Martyr in a way that is a game-changer for mankind on earth. (This theme is central to Wednesdayís Revolution II, of course, and will be in the videos when we get to Justin.) Further, today, in the video (but also very relevant to Revolution II) the literal spiritual power of Satan is broken by the spiritual unity of the fellowship in the Christian faith. And this is, of course, still very relevant for us today and may even ultimately hold the key to peace on earth for all mankind where Satan is said to be literally bound to "deceive the nations" no more for 1000 years, but, regardless, Ignatius develops much of this in terms of being either in Christís new spiritual life army or literally in Satanís darkness and deception spiritually (not politically, of course, that is what I do, in my spare time; we all have to do something with ourselves, I suppose).

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Program 597: On the The Early Church Fathers...

The pastoral & philosophical story, Clement to Justin Martyr... Part 15

These early Christian thinkers are very good, indeed, great and still alive for us today and for the victory of the Christian Bible faith in our time, and in fact its entire philosophical worldview. This is one of our better Programs so far on relating philosophy and the entire history of philosophy to the Early Church, and to Christianity philosophically and theologically, and to Christianity for us today practically.

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Program 596: On the The Early Church Fathers...

The pastoral & philosophical story, Clement to Justin Martyr... Part 14

Today something of a pause in The Early Church Fathers to put all of this into historical philosophical perspective. (No small task.) The big question of antiquity and of today is: "Is Christianity true, or is it just yet another Eastern mystery religion?"  Resolve this, and all is resolved for antiquity in philosophy and religion as well as for us today and for the last 200 years. My goodness, the whole story of Western Philosophy, right here?

The downfall of the West in our time? Liberal "higher criticism" in religion and "legal positivism" in law, politics, government and philosophy, both of which our current absurd postmodernism of the late 20th century holds to be "brilliant"! No judge is fit to serve on the Supreme Court unless he or she does not believe in the Constitution but rather "anything goes" based on how the judge happens to feel that day or on what is the most current multicultural relativist thinking?  And, apparently, at least 40 to 45% of the country watches the evening news each night and thinks, or acts like, this is all normal and rational!!! And you tell me the early church fathers are not relevant for us today as they kick philosophical derriere (so to speak) on all of this irrational nonsense, at least until many, as martyrs, get thrown to the lions or their heads cut off, quite literally. (Serious stuff here?)

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Program 595: On the The Early Church Fathers...

The pastoral & philosophical story, Clement to Justin Martyr... Part 13

We finish up Aristides today. Rational argument (over and over) won the day in antiquity, and it will win in ours. I am convinced if in earnest rational appeal, we hit Liberalism and atheism of our day over and over, and indeed all false philosophies and religions as irrational, they will all go down, but it may take 5 or 10 years or 50 years, who knows....

Also, we begin Ignatius today, and next we will do Polycarp, and then after Polycarp the great, inspiring, important, unsurpassed, and arguably unequaled Justin Martyr. Please note: Ignatius (who lived from roughly 30 to 107 AD) is a literal contemporary of the actual Apostles and personally knew John. That can be a bit hard to get your mind around, at least it is for me because the so-called "higher critics" have so accustomed us to thinking of the Apostles as not being actual people. Also, finally, to clarify this, Ignatius is to become not only a martyr, but one of the most famous martyrs of the early Church.

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Program 594: On the The Early Church Fathers...

The pastoral & philosophical story, Clement to Justin Martyr... Part 12

Today more of Aristidesí Apology to the Emperor Hadrian with Right Reason, big time, over and over and over applied to philosophy and religion until all philosophical, religious, and spiritual opposition goes down. (Even the atheist Bertrand Russell begrudgingly concedes this is the main method of the early Christians which allowed them to win most of their "battles" simply by superior intellectual argument over their opponents by reasoning rightly.)

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Program 593: On the The Early Church Fathers...

The pastoral & philosophical story, Clement to Justin Martyr... Part 11

Aristides identifies himself as a philosopher, as well as a Christian but still wearing the philosopherís garb of that day, and, hence, he develops a straightforward Gospel message in terms of rational philosophical argument, and, hence, in essence, in terms of Right Reason, as many others of that time will do, all of which is dear to my heart as a philosopher I must say. Regardless, this idea of Right Reason is probably the key to a Christian victory for us in our generation. No small matter. (I am pronouncing Aristides phonetically with the e as a short vowel, although some pronounce it with a long e as Aristidees.)  

As is well-known the universe is running down (we would say today), so what wound it up in the first place? Maybe God! Why does it appear to have such design? Presumably a Designer says Plato, famously, and here Aristides. God is also the Creator and eternal, and the world is not, and this is all reasonable in antiquity and in modernity, and it is also reasonable to fear God and not sin against our fellow man, and the Christians now have truth or knowledge in Christ on the nature of the Creation in terms of Godís creation, goodness, uprightness, etc.

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Program 592: On the The Early Church Fathers...

The pastoral & philosophical story, Clement to Justin Martyr... Part 10

More of the unsurpassed Mathetes today and, yes, "Right Reason." You might say the saints are coming; they are forming up ranks; they are, as good solders, on the march, and though some rough days lie ahead, they will utterly, totally and completely prevail with time by Reason, intellectually and in the realm of the spirit.

A key point today, and still valid until this very today, and very relevant for us. Either Christianity is yet another generally false mystery religion, or it is true and something altogether different with only superficial similarities to the other Mid-east mystery religions of that time, and, therefore, Christianity it is not only true but rational and historically real. However, if you reject Christianity as true, rational and historically real, then, in fact, for antiquity as well as modernity your only other default option is indeed "yet another mystery religion from the Mid-east (or "Orient" as scholars sometimes say).

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Program 591: On the The Early Church Fathers...

The pastoral & philosophical story, Clement to Justin Martyr... Part 9

Today more of the letter/ apology of Mathetes (I am pronouncing Mathetes phonetically with both eís as short vowels, although it could possibly have a pronunciation of Mathetees.) In any case, the Gospel is not simply the moral and wise as in Solomon, Socrates and Cicero but also a specifically Christian true, spiritually real, desirable, Rational, and you go to heaven when you die reality and truth. A coming critic of Christianity in antiquity will concede that Christianity is being so successful because of its is pure, simple moral message and commendable, desirable life message.

In Mathetes we get the unreasonableness of pagan idolatry and also Christianity defining itself in its new Way of life in Christ with a new knowledge for man on earth with Christís coming! (Yes, brilliant) And Mathetes even attacks false concepts of God in Greek philosophy as fire or water as well as the pagan deities of false religion. Give Mathetes an A+ in writing "on the miserable state of men before the coming of the Word." How true and how clearly demonstrated. I do not think I have ever before heard or read a single sermon or apologetic on this subject. At 38: 27 minutes Mathetes makes a very interesting observation that "Those who hate them (Christians) are unable to assign any reason for their hatred." and we even see this phenomenon today among virulent anti-Christianity. Bottom-line? Mathetes is no struggling early Christian writer doing the best he can writing C+ or B- apologies, not at all. He is an A+ all the way, rarely if ever equaled in modernity let alone surpassed?

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Program 590: On the The Early Church Fathers...

The pastoral & philosophical story, Clement to Justin Martyr... Part 8

Today more of Clementís letter and the grace of God and salvation by the shed blood of Jesus to all who repent or turn to Christ. These are just basics for these early Christians as well as being in the Way of Life and Light and not in the way of death and darkness of those with bad hearts and in blindness (and even in deception I would add in fact which with time will probably be a greater problem than straightforward darkness and death). And also, of course, there are also the common Biblical dichotomies of Godliness and un-Godliness, Wisdom and foolishness, etc. This letter of Clement is clearly simple, pure, basic brilliance...

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Program 589: On the The Early Church Fathers...

The pastoral & philosophical story, Clement to Justin Martyr... Part 7

Today the first letter of Clement from around 90 AD. We are in these Programs "there" in a real sense with these early Christians, which in a way is still highly relevant for us today... This is definitely not simply "ancient history," so to speak. We are in these Programs seeing these early Christians in a way that is still highly relevant for us today...

At 13:15 minutes I should say there are 28 (not 27) volumes after the first 10 volumes, which are pre Council of Nicea in 325. My note that I have been reading from is wrong, explaining much of my confusion on this issue, the correct grand total is 38 not 37, (unless I have misplaced yet another volume!)

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Program 588: On the The Early Church Fathers...

The pastoral & philosophical story, Clement to Justin Martyr... Part 6

Today, some of the complications of the Didache, and I also get very critical of todayís Bible Christianity in this Program, not because it is doctrinally wrong, but rather it is not accomplishing what we want to achieve nor has it for 100 plus years, namely, "victory," or, that is, the salvation of all souls on planet earth, and the early Christians did achieve this (more or less) in the Roman Empire though it took them a good 200 plus years.

In any case, the Laodicean church is not spiritual "dead" so much as spiritually "deceived," big time, so no one is doing well whether Roman Catholic or Protestant Liberal? The Didache does well in addressing the spiritual darkness and death of humanism and hedonism but has little to say on the larger problem for us today, namely spiritual deception. But not to worry the coming great early Christian thinkers will deal with this problem of false spirituality and religious deception decisively.

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Program 587: On the The Early Church Fathers...

The pastoral & philosophical story, Clement to Justin Martyr... Part 5

Today I try to put the Didache into philosophical and religious context of the 2 modes of being: new spiritual life in Christ versus the lost, fallen carnal man, which I also point out today is the exact formulation of Christianity that Paul does in Galatians 5 and 6 as the ways of being in fruit of the Spirit versus in the works of the (so-called) flesh. These early guys are very solid Scripturally, in ways often not appreciated, in my opinion.

In any case, this early Christianity is often all about this new "life" in Christ and this new "knowledge" for mankind on earth (which they can now "reason" about "rightly," and that will also be a later theme of the early Church). And they even thanked God for coming to live (or "tabernacle") in their hearts! I must say, to my knowledge, I have never heard this last thing said in any church in my entire life nor heard it in any other sermon or teaching outside of this one in tens of thousands of sermons and teachings over the years, but it shows how profound and central this aspect of the faith was for them. This, as we also see again today as last time, is where they worship God in "life" and "knowledge" (in essence, spirit and truth), but they also give thanks to God for this new spiritual "life" in Christ that is now available to us and for this new "knowledge" of things now known through Christ. This is so profound that it can hardly be commented on! I think it is these things that are putting them into overdrive in ways we can hardly understand, unless we imagine ourselves being there with them experiencing this all.  They are not only worshipping specifically in spirit and truth as the main point of their faith, but a spirit and truth that did not exist previously for mankind on earth, but now it does, and they are, therefore, praising God for both! (To be blunt, they may be relating to Christ in a very important way that we generally do not? Just a thought.)

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Program 586: On the The Early Church Fathers...

The pastoral & philosophical story, Clement to Justin Martyr... Part 4

The basics, the basics, the basics... Christianity is about new spiritual life and living or abiding in the Spirit, get that down and you pretty well have it all?

At 27:50 minutes: "The way of death is this: First of all it is evil and full of curse, murders, adulteries, lusts, fornications, thefts, idolatries, magic arts, witchcrafts"... etc., etc. etc, and what a list it is!  By contrast as we have already seen the whole point of the faith is to abide in Christ and Christ in you as a mode of being (versus the way of darkness and death of the old natural fallen carnal man), and this is just as Jesus said on that last night before the Crucifixion in the Gospel of John (as I sought to point out at the time), that is, the goal is abide in Him and He is us. Is this really complicated? I donít think so... but it is beyond much of the teaching in the Church these days and in some cases perhaps far beyond, tragically...

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Program 585: On the The Early Church Fathers...

The pastoral & philosophical story, Clement to Justin Martyr... Part 3

Today, pedal to the metal and why the Early Church Fathers are so extremely relevant for us more than the usual or standard issues of our time that came out of the Reformation, such as salvation by faith. Luther was right; the Roman Catholics were wrong, and the Catholics have yet to deal with this, though they made an unsuccessful shot at it with Vatican II ( but, in truth, not too many people really care much anymore what the Vatican does or does not do, Catholic or non-Catholic?).

At 15:18 minutes I mean to say "the Kingdom of God" not "the Kingdom of man," of course. In any case, today we see over and over the central theme of the Didache, namely, the Way of Life in the Spirit versus the way of death of the natural (self-centered) man. A clear two ways or modes of being of the flesh and of new life in the Spirit, as probably the most basic point of the faith? These guys are good? Yes, they are.

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Program 584: On the The Early Church Fathers...

The pastoral & philosophical story, Clement to Justin Martyr... Part 2

Rather than centering on "salvation" or "reconciliation" or "justification" by faith (that is, more or less going to heaven) and "the cultural mandate," which are the 2 biggies for us and actually in the Bible and even with Abraham, no less, the early Christians centered on something else, though these two things of our time are good things to center on no doubt, and these are the two biggies with many if not most Christians for the past 500 years after the Reformation, when and if you can get them to add "the cultural mandate" to "salvation." However, these early Christians are often more concerned with two other things, believe it or not, namely, what they called "Right Reason" and "the Way" of new spiritual life in Christ in the Spirit.  (I actually learned this as a 19 year old from a young Methodist minister/ professor, but I have not heard it much if any at all since then.)

Program Photo>> Program 584 Photo You will note "Right Reason" gives knowledge or truth, and "the Way" is new Life in the Spirit, which in my opinion is the point of the faith, and these early Christians understand this spiritual Way or new life in Christ component clearly, accompanied by a reasonable knowledge of it doctrinally, so to speak, and they are very aware that both of these things give new truths and spiritual realities for mankind on earth only recently available in Christ. This is very Wesleyan in my opinion, but in any case, these guys are good, and they are doing the Christian faith primarily in terms of "truth and spirit" that is rational truth and real spirit. I personally have been advocating this approach for 10 or 20 years now years for a given reason. Why? Most people do not accept the Gospel today because they do not think it is true, or because they think there is no new desirable spiritual reality experience to be had. However, Christianity in its philosophical and religious totality is both knowledge-true, rationally speaking, and it is spiritually-real in new spiritual life in Christ, spiritually speaking, and these two things together may well carry the day in our time as they did in the early centuries. And this is only "Program 2"! (This will probably take at least 50 or 60 Programs, possibly even 100?)  In any case, my goodness, get down and get back; legions of reinforcements are on the way with the message we probably need big time for todayís beleaguered Church, which has been hanging on by its fingernails for the past 50 to 100 to 200 years, as best I can tell.  The Church, on the whole, has been losing ground steadily for at least the last 150 years, and these guys and gals virtually conquered the Roman Empire, spiritually, intellectually, religiously, philosophically, and rationally speaking in that same period of time!

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Program 583: On the The Early Church Fathers...

The pastoral & philosophical story, Clement to Justin Martyr... Part 1

Hit the deck, we begin today in earnest, the famous, almost infamous for us... the great, the unmatched, the almost unimaginable "Early Church Fathers". Am I overstating this? Maybe, maybe not...

The fact is, to be clear, a good history of Western philosophy usually includes the great Saint Augustine, but most histories of philosophy rarely if ever mention any of his predecessors in earnest, anyway, and in fact even Augustine is usually read as a period piece and not as valid philosophy for today, which he clearly is, from a Christian perspective. At 27:58 minutes there are actually 38 volumes in the Early Church Fathers series not 37.

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Program 582: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Reason & Religion, Athens & Jerusalem, A new philosophical story begins... Part 10

Francis Crick, the co-discoverer of DNA, argues, in effect, that DNA is a supernatural event, scientifically speaking; that is to say, it did not and cannot have happened naturalistically by any conceivable or even imaginable naturalistic process. No one to my knowledge has been able to counter this, though the implications of it for mankindís state of knowledge on earth still have not sunk in. This dwarfs the so-called Copernican Revolution, and rivals, and in my opinion perhaps surpasses, the supernatural event of Christís walking out of the grave, since the seemingly supernatural event of DNA is still observable while the Resurrection is not. The ultimate implications of this for coming generations can at this time hardly be imagined, once the presumed reality of this sets in for every educated person on earth...

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Program 581: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Reason & Religion, Athens & Jerusalem, A new philosophical story begins... Part 9

Today, we try to wrap up this series of introductory Programs before we jump into the great Early Church Fathers, as such... And, today, what I see to be the 3 major spiritual armies that are vying for control of planet earth at this time, namely, 1.) atheism, 2.) false Christianity or some form of spiritual Liberalism or other mis-formulation in defining God, and, finally, 3.) the right one: true Bible Christianity.

In short, Bible Christianity won out once before, in antiquity, in very similar philosophical and religious circumstances, and it can happen again in our time... In any case, today 3 major figures, who, in essence, represent the 3 major spiritual armies, which vie for our allegiance, namely, the Bible Christian John Wesley, the atheist Voltaire, and the Liberal Christian Harry Emerson Fosdick (who comes a bit late in the day in the early 20th century), and, further, even today almost everyone falls into one of these 3 philosophical worldviews or spiritual "armies" (which originated in the 18th century, big time), and today I ask, "Which or whose army are you in?" (For most practical purposes Vatican II pretty much flips Roman Catholicism into a spiritual Liberalism or ecumenicalism, tragically.) Understand this Program and you will understand everything from the past and everything in our time and for the coming 1000 years, in terms of philosophy and worldview thinking, if not simply "religion," as such, or close to it anyway?

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Program 580: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Reason & Religion, Athens & Jerusalem, A new philosophical story begins... Part 8

Today, why Bible Christianity may triumph (last man, philosophical worldview system and religion standing) in our time, very much in the same way Bible Christianity triumphed over the course of several centuries over the pagan false religions and especially false philosophical systems of the Roman Empire. The complexities of pagan Roman antiquity relate obviously to our day once you see what the elements are.

Also, today, briefly Plotinus of antiquity and Paul Tillich of our time, for what they are worth, as supposedly "brilliant" Christian philosophers and theologians.

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Program 579: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Reason & Religion, Athens & Jerusalem, A new philosophical story begins... Part 7

Today how Christianity and new life in Christ and Christ in us is the fulfillment of the morally virtuous life of Solomon, Socrates and Cicero, and we also consider some aspects of false spiritualities and false Christianities in particular.

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And, today's marker board photo>>>Program 579 Photo  (Also at 3:20 minutes the serpent on the pole in the Old Testament is said to be brass in the KJV and bronze in the NKJV, so this explains some of my ambiguity on the subject. Again, at 39:32 minutes I should say Justin is martyred about 165, not 160 AD.)

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Program 578: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Reason & Religion, Athens & Jerusalem, A new philosophical story begins... Part 6

Today the great theories of all history of not only the Skeptic but of the modern humanist Epicurean as well as the postmodern Sophist. And finally we look at the story of all history in terms of the triumph of the Gospel with its Rational Moral Theism and new spiritual life in Christ as described by the great Saint Augustine.  (At 1:06 minutes Justin Martyr is martyred about 165 AD and not 160.)

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And now we add to the marker board chart false religion or spirituality in general as well as essentially false Christianity in particular.  And, finally, we end with considering what is Bible Christianity as a new spiritual reality for man on earth in being spiritually in Christ and Christ spiritually in us?

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Program 577: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Reason & Religion, Athens & Jerusalem, A new philosophical story begins... Part 5

At last today I try to finish up philosophical skepticism in all its inconsistencies and confusions, and the fact that it does not really "suspended judgment" nor is "absolute certainty" a knowledge criterion but rather "reasonable certainty," and further the sense of "satisfaction" in "not deciding" anything is different than a sense of "satisfaction" or "fulfillment" in both hedonistic indulgence and clean conscience moral virtue, and all of this is on top of skepticismís being self-contradictory in supposedly knowing with certainty one can know nothing with certainty, and hence skepticism is sometimes seen as almost silliness or even childishness, more than anything.

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At 41:15 minutes I mean to say that David Hume, as a strong anti-moral atheist, is a radically different type of skeptic  than Sextus Empiricus or Montaigne, and, of course, many superficial skeptics even claim Socrates, incorrectly, which is well-known. I have dreaded doing this to these skeptics of our time and of antiquity, but it has to be done if we are ever to move forward, philosophically, in our time or in the time of the Early Church Fathers, and all of this being done in antiquity against the backdrop of the terrible martyrdoms of many of the greatest Christians who ever lived, both men and women.

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Program 576: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Reason & Religion, Athens & Jerusalem, A new philosophical story begins... Part 4

Today more on skepticism and why it is considered classically defined in Montaigne, for better and definitely as well as for worse... In fact, there are many kinds of skepticism, philosophically: epistemological, moral, theistic, life after death, etc., and rarely if ever does any skeptic differentiate these to my knowledge, just for starters... And this is just the beginning of his problems.. In any case, the historical reality of Christ's walking out of the grave does in fact answer with rational certainty (once and for all) that there is indeed life after death. End of skeptical problem, you might say...

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In reality 250 years after the Apostle John, the Christians will have gone from being a small insignificant religious sect in the Roman Empire to the dominate force religiously, philosophically, intellectually, morally, spiritually and even politically, and though there will be some Skeptic, Cynic, Epicurean, Gnostic, Neo-Platonist, etc. hold-outs, these competing philosophies and religions will themselves become increasingly insignificant with time given the witness and superior argument of the great early Christian philosophers, who will clearly show Christianity is not yet another Mid-Eastern mystery religion. In fact, most humanists still hold to this view to this very day, but of course they must because if Christianity is not yet another Mid-Eastern mystery religion or myth, then it is true. The importance of this cannot be overstated for antiquity and for us... It is in many instances going to be virtually "the ball game," so to speak...

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Program 575: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Reason & Religion, Athens & Jerusalem, A new philosophical story begins... Part 3

Today, the profound and complex relationship between new spiritual life in Christ in the Christian religion (of the Special Revelation and spiritual reality) on the one hand and on the other the rational moral theistic and God-centered philosophical position (of the Natural Revelation of Solomon, Socrates, and Cicero) versus amoral irrational humanism (of the Epicurean and Sophist) as well as false religions as such. Also today the varying definitions of "skepticism" and why a general philosophical skepticism simply does not work and is not profound, and it is usually dismissed by all but its specific (supposed) adherents, who actually equivocate on the meaning of the term "skepticism" as it suits their purposes, and it matters little whether one defines skepticism as "all you can know is you donít know" or as "suspended judgment," it goes down easily and hard either way, philosophically speaking and, hence, ultimately religiously as well... 

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Marker board photo>>>Program 575 Photo There is a skip in the video (at 21:03 minutes) just as I write "No Good" and "No Right" on the marker board for the Epicurean and Sophist, and for the Skeptic, who canít decide. The point is crucial, of course, because the real Rational Right in the actual Nature of things is the Logos of Heraclitus, philosophically, and it is also the Second Person of the Godhead, religiously. Heavy duty stuff here no doubt, and the great Early Church philosophers and theologians are going to realize all of this and go (as the expression goes) straight for the jugular, philosophically and spiritually speaking and very successfully to total victory with time. The Logos of Heraclitus will be every bit as much on the line for the Early Christian writers as Christ, Himself, and the atonement, so much so that they will use "it" (the Logos) as a wedge, a philosophical and rhetorical tool, to bust up both humanistic philosophies as well as pagan religions, and ultimately eliminate them entirely from the Western scene until modernity when humanism tries to claim Reason for itself but ultimately unsuccessfully, and hence in the second half of the 20th century both humanism, that is, atheism, and Christian Liberalism fall into the black hole of openly irrational postmodernism. Bottom-line: we simply must raise some of these great early Christians from the dead to join our ranks because we cannot win without them (or certainly their arguments), and we in our time have generally been getting our clocks cleaned, intellectually and spiritually speaking for the last 150 to 200 years, and big time the last 50 years. The Church has been hanging on by its fingernails for at least the last 100 years, and these Early Church Fathers' joining our ranks can change the dynamic of this spiritual and intellectual battle of all history dramatically in our favor in my opinion. With them we can and will win; without them we will lose. Is this complicated? I don't think so... Help is on the way! For the beleaguered Church, the Body of Christ, at its lowest point in at least 500 years? 

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Program 574: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Reason & Religion, Athens & Jerusalem, A new philosophical story begins... Part 2

Today back to the marker board for the main philosophical positions of antiquity which the Early Church Fathers are going to resolve in confronting, correcting, and at times elaborating on where they are previously correct by Reason.

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The Epicurean side of the marker board is considered to be self-based or self-centered (that is, man-centered) and the rational moral theist side is God-centered, and hence the two major "cities" of Augustine, namely, The City of Man (of humanism or atheism) and The City of God (of theism or actually Christianity in particular).  Marker board photo>>>Program 574 Photo

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Program 573: On the The Early Church Fathers...

Reason & Religion, Athens & Jerusalem, A new philosophical story begins... Part 1

We begin a new video miniseries on the philosophical as well as religious aspects of the early Christian church in what are commonly called "The Early Church Fathers." These great thinkers do outstanding philosophy as well as religion in ways that are still highly instructive for us today in our time; indeed, in my opinion, in ways we probably must learn if we are to prevail as they did in their very hostile and similar culture and environment.

  

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