Frasi di Ireneo di Lione
Ireneo di Lione
Data di nascita: 130
Data di morte: 202
Ireneo è stato un vescovo e teologo romano.
La Chiesa cattolica e la Chiesa ortodossa lo venerano come santo e lo considerano uno dei padri della Chiesa. È ricordato il 28 giugno.
Frasi Ireneo di Lione
„La Chiesa, sebbene diffusa in tutto il mondo fino alle estremità della terra, avendo ricevuto dagli Apostoli e dai loro discepoli la fede..., conserva questa predicazione e questa fede con cura e, come se abitasse un'unica casa, vi crede in uno stesso identico modo, come se avesse una sola anima ed un cuore solo, e predica le verità della fede, le insegna e le trasmette con voce unanime, come se avesse una sola bocca.“
Book 3, Chapter 4. From Readings in World Christian History (2013), pp. 58-99.
„Polycarp replied to Marcion, who met him on one occasion, and said, "Do you know me?" "I do know thee, first-born of Satan." Such was the horror of the apostles and their disciples had against holding even verbal communication with any corrupters of the truth.“
Book 3, Chapter 3. From Readings in World Christian History (2013), pp. 58-99.
Book 4, Chapter 34, Section 7 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=njp.32101074938968;view=1up;seq=231. Often mistranslated as "The glory of God is man fully alive" (see http://www.touchstonemag.com/archives/article.php?id=25-05-003-e). The context of the passage https://web.archive.org/web/20170126222027/http://earlychurchtexts.com/public/irenaeus_glory_of_god_humanity_alive.htm is: "And for this reason did the Word become the dispenser of the paternal grace for the benefit of men, for whom He made such great dispensations, revealing God indeed to men, but presenting man to God, and preserving at the same time the invisibility of the Father, lest man should at any time become a despiser of God, and that he should always possess something towards which he might advance; but, on the other hand, revealing God to men through many dispensations, lest man, falling away from God altogether, should cease to exist. For the glory of God is a living man; and the life of man consists in beholding God. For if the manifestation of God which is made by means of the creation, affords life to all living in the earth, much more does that revelation of the Father which comes through the Word, give life to those who see God."
„Esaias says: “The wolf also shall feed with the lamb, and the leopard shall take his rest with the kid; the calf also, and the bull, and the lion shall eat together; and a little boy shall lead them. …” I am quite aware that some persons endeavour to refer these words to the case of savage men, both of different nations and various habits, who come to believe, and when they have believed, act in harmony with the righteous. But although this is [true] now with regard to some men coming from various nations to the harmony of the faith, nevertheless in the resurrection of the just [the words shall also apply] to those animals mentioned. For God is rich in all things. And it is right that when the creation is restored, all the animals should … revert to the food originally given by God … that is, the productions of the earth.“
Book 5, Chapter 33, Section 4. Translated by Philip Schaff et al. (full text at Wikisource).