CHNI Updates


Fr. Dwight Longenecker Reviews of Clement of Rome and the Didache

May 3, 2013

“…The two documents which are most interesting and boast the earliest dates are the Epistle of Clement and the Didache. Former Presbyterian minister and Bible scholar Kenneth Howell offers us a new translation of these works along with an excellent commentary. The Epistle of Clement was written by the third Bishop of Rome to the church in Corinth toward the end of the first century–just sixty or so years after the death of Christ. Howell skillfully explains in a series of introductory essays the main themes and theology of ... more

Three Frameworks for Interpreting the Church Fathers

January 14, 2013

In this article I attempt to explain three different frameworks for interpreting the Church Fathers (patristic literature) and the consequences for adopting one over the others. I first describe each framework in a general manner and then show by way of illustration how these apply to the task of interpreting the Church Fathers. Secondly, I discuss some key texts from the earliest patristic literature (Ignatius of Antioch, Didache, Clement of Rome) that serve as tests cases for the three frameworks. Finally, I argue for one of these frameworks as the ... more

500 Years After the Wittenberg Door

October 1, 2012

For over fifteen years, the anticipation of an important anniversary has inspired much of our work. By God’s grace, Jim Anderson (CHNetwork’s Senior Advisor and long-time coordinator of our ministry with non-Catholic clergy), is sojourning for an extended period in Germany. This is opportune, for it provides us with “eyes on the ground” to share reflections on the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation — and its impact on us today. This month, Jim gives us an inside look at the preparation for this coming event. ... more