Friday, January 20, 2017

A Voice from the Past - Athenagoras

If we satisfied ourselves with advancing such considerations as these, our doctrines might by some be looked upon as human. But, since the voices of the prophets confirm our arguments—for I think that you also, with your great zeal for knowledge, and your great attainments in learning, cannot be ignorant of the writings either of Moses or of Isaiah and Jeremiah, and the other prophets, who, lifted in ecstasy above the natural operations of their minds by the impulses of the Divine Spirit, uttered the things with which they were inspired, the Spirit making use of them as a flute-player breathes into a flute;
Athenagoras, 133-190 AD, A Plea for the Christians, Chapter IX - Testimony of the Prophets, (translated by Rev, B. P. Pratten, Fathers of the Second Century: Hermas, Tatian, Athenagoras, Theophilus, and Clement of Alexandria, Philip Schaff, Christian Classics Ethereal Library, 2004, p. 180)

Is that how the prophets should be understood? What are the implications?

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