Thursday, January 11, 2007

Philo - Found!


"11. Philo, the deacon from Cilicia who has been so well spoken of, is at present giving me his help in preaching God's word. So too is Rheus Agathopous, one of the elect, who has followed after me from Syria, and abjured this earthly life"

- Ignatius: The Epistle to the Philadelphians, AD 98-117.

1 comment:

Standifer Evasto Visum said...

And should one consider that perhaps Didymus the Blind had it right - Philo Christianus - that "wandering" (or is it "wondering"), Alexandrian Jew?

The duality that is man in conflict... with self (and philosophy), with God, with nature or with fellow man - so much for the thinking man and mental meandering.

As for me, I'll go with a unified concept of faith in a triune God and variations on my family's creed:
"Without God without anything, God is enough" or "With God as Leader and a Sword as a Comrad" and then the one from that atheistic side of the clan "Virtute duce comite fortuna" trans. "Under the guidance of valor, accompanied by good fortune" ...

(for me, I only gamble in God's pool hall, where "fortune" favors the house, and in effect, my own mansion in the sky - as they say, luck favors the well-prepared - and with these mortal thoughts and hands I shape stones that together fitted become my eternal home in Kingdom come).