Friday, July 22, 2011

A Voice from the Past - Cyprian

Thus also the Church, shone over with the light of the Lord, sheds forth her rays over the whole world, yet it is one light which is everywhere diffused, nor is the unity of the body separated. Her fruitful abundance spreads her branches over the whole world. She broadly expands her rivers, liberally flowing, yet her head is one, her source one; and she is one mother, plentiful in the results of fruitfulness: from her womb we are born, by her milk we are nourished, by her spirit we are animated.

Cyprian, 200-258 AD, Treatise 1, On the Unity of the Church, Section 5 (T & T Clark/ Eerdmans, trans. by Rev. Ernest Wallis, p.694)

What are the implications of this statement? Is this a correct way of looking at things?


  1. I would resonate more with it if it used the Body of Christ instead of the Church.

  2. I would agree with you on that. I quoted this one knowing it was dangerous in certain ways, but I thought it was thought provoking.