Demonstration of the Apostolic Preaching
by St. Irenaeus
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Demonstration of the
Apostolic Preaching is a second century guide for
Christian converts. After disappearing for nearly two
millennia, an Armenian copy of St. Irenaeus' guidebook was discovered in
1904. Current versions of this ancient text have been translated from
the Armenian, a language which greatly resembles the Greek in which it
was originally transcribed. St. Irenaeus wanted to set out the main
points of the Apostolic message, which was handed down to the Church
from Old Testament Scriptures. St. Irenaeus explains the doctrine of
Christianity as it was understood by the educated believers of his day.
He defends the grounds of belief and aims to demonstrate the truth of
the ancient Biblical prophecy. As a result, his project is both
theological and historical. Even today, St. Irenaeus' book of guidelines
serves to help Christians find salvation and refute
CCEL Staff Writer