Posted by: chuckbumgardner | November 20, 2007

Aristides on Christian Charity

Aristides was a Christian apologist who lived in the early 2nd century.  The only extant writing of his is known as the Apology of Aristides.  In defending Christianity over against other religions, he argues in part from the distinctive lives of Christians, one aspect of which was their love toward one another.  I found this except to be stirring:

And if there is among them a man that is poor or needy, and they have not an abundance of necessaries, they fast two or three days that they may supply the needy with their necessary food.

Granted, in our churches it would would likely be rare to find a brother or sister at such extremity.  But is such Christian charity present among us?

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  1. […] Bumgardner, a member and deacon in our church as well as a post-grad seminary student, recently cited one of these historians on his blog.  It is worth reading and asking ourselves how we might attain to this kind of love one towards […]


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