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Thanks to Tyndale House publishers, we are pleased to give away a free copy of the Mosaic Bible (reviewed above)!

Since one of the most exciting features of the Mosaic Bible is its rootedness in Church history, we have decided that in order to enter the contest, you should leave a comment below telling us about the person from Early or Medieval Christianity who is the most intriguing or inspirational to you and why.  Bonus points will be awarded for creativity!

This contest will run through NOON (12 PM) EST, on Friday November 6th.

We will choose our favorite entry and announce the winner in next Friday’s issue.

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  1. SORRY… Apparently, somehow the comments got switched off without my knowing it… I’ve fixed that problem and now you all should be able to comment away here…

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  2. Anselm is the most intriguing person in church history to me right now. I love Augustine and Aquinas but recently the study of Anselm and his ontological argument has really caught my fancy. Anselm used to meditate day and night on the idea that God was that than which no greater could be conceived. He was obsessed with the idea. Since being could be conceived as an attribute and since being was greater than non-being then God must exist. Philosophers still disagree on whether Anselm has assumed what he tried to prove but the formulation allows us to meditate on the greatness of God in all His attributes. We can take any characteristic of God and think in terms of the greatest conception of the attribute that we can conceive and then attribute it to God. Wow.

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    Irenaeus-because his linkage between incarnation and soteriology way missional before it was cool and “new perspective” before it there was an old perspective. Plus, he provides us with the resources to reconcile the Christus Victor people and the penal substitution people.

    — Jeremy Dowsett

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    Augustine – “Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.” and “Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” I probably picked up both of these quotes from a Brennan Manning book. To my shame I have not read much early church history, but these quotes speak a whole lot to me, as I believe they should to all of us. They speak to a part of love and of faith that all to often is forgotten and that is obedience We very simply need to obey and to trust God.
    If we believe that God is who he says he is, and believe that Jesus is who he says he is, than we will see, hear and live differently. If not we will be like the scribe from Mark 12:28-34, we will be a people “… not far from the kingdom of God.”

    — Gary Lynch

  5. I’ll go with Hildegard of Bingen…because we are both 5’s on the Enneagram. Maybe it’s because of our 5-ness, but we couch all of our interests which are wide, varied, and creative in theology. The center of the vast whole is God. I like that about her…although I think I’m more of a feminist than she was, but her culture was pretty patriarchal.

  6. Irenaeus — “The glory of God is man fully alive.” His incarnational reading of Scripture and understanding of the way of Jesus intrigues me!

  7. The Passion of Perpetua – her naked death, and that of her slave girl stand as the ultimate rejection of the Roman Empire. Their courage inspired Christians to stand firm in their belief of Jesus Kingdom and to reject the power spectacles of the Romans.

    He death inspires me to ask how naked I must be to reject the stranglehold of our current National Powers. I mean, for God’s sake, what are we doing all the way over in Afghanistan. If anything, we should be helping to cloth and feed those people. I fear we’re killing their naked bodies, much like the Romans killed Perpetua.

  8. At this point that person would be Justin. I truly enjoyed his dialogue with Trypho and found it to be an amazing exchange.
    Of course, neared to our time I would say Jonathan Edwards.

  9. For me it is Thomas Aquinas because of the way he bridged the gap for many influencing some of my favorite modern theologians like Dallas Willard and Stanley Hauerwas.

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