Last night I was sitting in front of our college with my colleague and friend, Brad Nassif, nibbling away on our dinners and we struck up a conversation about Irenaeus’ great book,Demonstration of the Apostolic Preaching. Brad said something I want to explore more carefully and to do this I’d like to begin a series on this little treatise of Irenaeus’.
Now a second reason why I want to look at Demonstration: systematic theologies bore me, not so much because of their content but because of their prose and their genre. Detail followed by detail in such a manner that I’m put to sleep. Shouldn’t a description of our faith, I say to myself, be more lively, more story-fied, more narrative, more in tune with the Bible. So this is why we need to look at Irenaeus: his is the first real theology of the earliest churches.
Eternity, in other words, is at stake.
Humans are body and soul, the former for physical devotion and the latter for spiritual. The body and the soul work together; they cannot be “dualized.”