Here is one of the more controversial early posts.
So far this blog has spent some time on unpopular causes by exploring recent historical research. For example, this post took on the widespread idea of the early Church as a hippie commune, whereas this one suggests pluralism is an old hat issue for Christians.
In the latter post I quote Robert L. Wilken as saying, “Christians, however, have long had to face the challenge of other religions.” My esteemed colleague Peter Escalante responded to Wilken with the following, “Christians have long had to face the challenge of other Christians.” This is also true (even if Calvinism is a very recent phenomenon).
Messy pluralism always flourishes within Catholic orthodoxy, whereas heresies have attempted to clean up the holy mess. Who’s responsible for this? Dariusz Karłowicz, a Polish scholar of the Fathers, singles out the following benefactor:
“Christianity might owe its variety of legitimate paths, or as Clement of Alexandria puts it…
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