After several months of planning and researching, I’m excited to announce a new project! My friend and colleague, Gerhard Stübben, and I are teaming up to start a snarky, irreverent (and, frankly, sometimes immature) podcast about the Early Church.
For obvious reasons, we’ve called it: Podcastica Patristica.
In my last post, I talked about the need to rethink our concept of “canon” so that it more accurately reflects what the early church actually believed as they compiled the New Testament. In the end, I think that our canon (in some way) needs to include the writings of the Early Church. That’s why Gerhard and I have started this podcast. We want to make Patristics, once again, a normal part of the Christian life.
Ancient writings can be hard to read, especially if you have no clue about the historical context or the people that wrote them. (That is, after all, why the Bible is so often misread.) In each episode we will introduce an event, person, or work from the first several centuries of Christianity so that you will have all the information you need to jump right in and start reading.
As a (nearly) lifelong Baptist, I know that many in the Free Church tradition typically avoid reading early Christian literature. As I’ve heard countless times: “I don’t need anything but the Bible and the Holy Spirit!” Aside from the fact that almost everything written in the Bible was written for corporate reading and interpretation, everything we believe–even those of us in the Free Church tradition–has been shaped almost entirely by the teachings of early Christians. It seems unwise to become a part of a two-thousand-year-old community and have no regard for what has been said by its most influential figures–especially when some of those figures sat at the feet of the Apostles.
For this reason (and many others), Gerhard and I are going to do the boring research (because we like that kind of thing) and present it to you in a not-boring kind of way.
So, keep an eye out for new episodes on iTunes or your favorite podcast app, follow us on Twitter (@PodPatristica), and check out our website (www.podcasticapatristica.com) for extra content and updates! You can also send us suggestions or questions for future episodes on our contact page.