Upon This Rock: St. Peter and the Primacy of Rome in by Stephen K. Ray
By Stephen K. Ray
Ray, a former Evangelical Protestant and Bible instructor, is going throughout the Scriptures and the 1st 5 centuries of the Church to illustrate that the early Christians had a transparent figuring out of the primacy of Peter within the see of Rome. He tackles the cruel concerns in an try to divulge how the competition is false impression the Scriptures and historical past. He makes use of many Protestant students and historians to aid the Catholic place. This e-book includes the main whole compilation of Scriptural and Patristic quotations at the primacy of Peter and the Papal workplace of any publication on hand. It has over 500 footnotes with aiding proof from Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical, and non-Christian professionals.
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A few reflections:
(1) That Francis was once a fine looking guy, as urged by means of the author,was hardly ever the case. we now have modern images of Francis exhibiting in a different way in addition to descriptions of his contemporaries akin to Thomas of Celano;
(2) That Francis was once a womanizer, back recommended by way of the writer, is uncertain. there is not any proof in any respect of this. In thirteenth Century Assisi, this kind of small city, it will were prohibitied except the writer is suggesting Francis visited homes of prostitution. there's no list of this in any respect. the writer is placing her twenty first Century inklings into the thirteenth Century;
(3) there's no indication in any respect that Francis had any romantic feelings
toward Claire of Assisi. historical past is totally silent in this factor. the writer is correct touching on Francis' and his love of Arthurian legends.
As a question of historical past, the belief of chivalric love prohibited sexual touch. woman Poverty was once simply that - a component of his mystical existence. And certainly the age distinction is suspect - Francis was once nearly 30 while he switched over to the magical lifestyles - Claire turning 14 - 15;
(4) sure, Francis did visit battle. the writer says he was once a "warrior. "
Such a be aware indicates a way of life that may infrequently painting the Francis of Assisi of ancient checklist. convinced, he went to conflict yet we haven't any notion of what he did. He can have killed or he might have been nursing the wounded in his first conflict. we do not comprehend. We do comprehend he was once attempting to satisfy his father's aspirations whilst he armored as much as cross at the Cursades. This enterprise, we all know, used to be interrupted through a paranormal occasion for Francis. He grew to become again and have become a knight of his Lord - the paranormal Christ who finally spoke to him at Daniano. was once he then a "failed knight? " as steered by means of the writer. Francis proposal differently. the matter the following seems to be the author's loss of spiritual intuition which might make such occasions incomprehensible. If something might be acknowledged approximately Francis at this juncture is that he didn't reside as much as his father's needs - a failed son instead of a failed knight. the connection among Francis and his father is a gold mine that merits mental scrutiny - to ensure a Freudian might come to another end than a Jungian.
(5)The writer contends that he created friendship with the Muslims. hugely exagerated. Francis was once a medieval guy and probably concept as such a lot medieval Christians the assumption of the hugely influential Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, the 1st preacher of the Crusades a century past. Bernard stated "to kill a Muslim isn't to devote homocide. " Francis faced the Sultan throughout the Crusades. at the moment he justified the killing going as being precious until eventually the Muslims permitted the Gospel of Jesus Christ. On his go back from the Crusades he not just didn't pontificate opposed to the Crusades yet his Order, the Franciscans, have been ordered by way of the Pope to evangelise the Crusades. during this ability, they went from city to city to elevate males, funds and fabric for the Crusades. Had it now not been for the Franciscans the Crusades couldn't have occurred in that century. No objections from the founder here;
There are many stable books on Saint Francis. this isn't one in all them. the writer lacks the spirit of the age, the non secular intuition which can understand what the actors are dealing with. i'm sorry to claim this isn't solid heritage. it really is sloppy historical past reflecting the sentiments of the current into the prior. Of the potential 5 stars I remove 3 for wish of historical past yet provide it one megastar for the canopy and one superstar for the paper it truly is written on. Why punish the blameless whether inanimate?
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Later, Paul again came to Jerusalem to submit his gospel to Peter and the leading apostles to make sure he was not running in vain (Gal 2:2). When confusion arose over how the law of circumcision applied to the Gentile converts, Peter made the authoritative doctrinal decision at the first Church council in Jerusalem (Acts 15), to which all those in attendance acquiesced. 20 There are many more biographical passages focusing on Peter in the Scriptures, more than we can detail in this short introduction.
D. 5 The Council was held about eight years after Peter had fled Jerusalem, following the death of the Apostle James. The Council defined theological issues, promulgated disciplinary obligations, and removed certain ceremonial restrictions. These decrees were binding upon the visible, universal Church and were implemented in order to assist in the absorption of the new Gentile converts. After the Jerusalem Council, in which Peter, John, James the Righteous, Paul, and Barnabas, among others, all came together in Jerusalem, we have very little in Scripture to give us information about Peter, other than his first epistle, where he mentions that he is writing from Rome, under the pseudonym of Babylon.
We cannot assume that the silence of the New Testament is an indication that the seldom-mentioned apostles ceased their apostolic ministries after the Ascension of Christ, or that they were not important in the first century and beyond. Quite the contrary. We know from history that they were bustling with missionary and ecclesiastical activity. The New Testament was never intended as a complete history of, or manual for, the primitive Church. The Church herself has kept the tradition of the apostles alive and intact, and she has pondered and celebrated it through the centuries.