SUGGESTION: Church Fathers Explorer

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EastTN | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Oct 7 2016 11:05 AM

It can be difficult for those of us who didn't grow up in a tradition that emphasizes the church fathers to keep ourselves oriented as we start reading their works. I would love to see an explorer that would provide some simple information, in a graphical format, to help us understand how the various church fathers related to each other, and to the broader sweep of church history.  Types of information that might be helpful could include:

  • Time period
  • Primary geographic location of activity
  • Language (e.g., Greek vs. Latin)
  • Church offices held
  • Primary works
  • Major controversies involved in

I'm not looking for full biographies - just a simple tool to help me keep them all straight.  If it had links to the primary works, that would be gravy.  I can probably do most of this through some combination of the timeline and other tools, but it would be great to have it in one place.

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Kenneth Neighoff | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 7 2016 11:09 AM

Great idea.

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Veli Voipio | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 7 2016 11:16 AM

Yes

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Jesse Blevins | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 7 2016 11:23 AM

Yes

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Jesse Blevins | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 7 2016 11:23 AM

Yes

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Hapax Legomena | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 7 2016 11:23 AM

Great idea.

I'd also like to see a "Heresy Explorer."

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Virgil Buttram | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 7 2016 11:31 AM

Hapax Legomena:

Great idea.

I'd also like to see a "Heresy Explorer."

I second this motion.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 7 2016 1:34 PM

EastTN:

Types of information that might be helpful could include:

  • Time period
  • Primary geographic location of activity
  • Language (e.g., Greek vs. Latin)
  • Church offices held
  • Primary works
  • Major controversies involved in

Good idea. It would be helpful if the Factbook was also updated with this information as they collect it.

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James Taylor | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 7 2016 5:24 PM

Yes

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Fr Devin Roza | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Oct 8 2016 9:04 AM

Yes

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John Fidel | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 9 2016 4:52 AM

Great suggestion.

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Paul | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 9 2016 5:01 AM

Its a good suggestion. Yes

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Mike S. | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 9 2016 9:09 AM

Yes

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Glenn Crouch | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 11 2016 1:10 AM

Yes

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Jan Krohn | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 11 2016 2:31 AM

Hapax Legomena:

I'd also like to see a "Heresy Explorer."

Good idea, but why not call it "doctrine explorer", so that no one gets upset.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 11 2016 11:57 AM

Hapax Legomena:
I'd also like to see a "Heresy Explorer."

I assume that you mean the classic heresies of the early church.

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Hapax Legomena | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 11 2016 12:24 PM

MJ. Smith:

Hapax Legomena:
I'd also like to see a "Heresy Explorer."

I assume that you mean the classic heresies of the early church.

Yes.

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Antonius | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 14 2016 6:21 AM

Yes! This is a great idea.

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Rick Brannan (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 14 2016 9:18 AM

Funny, almost a year ago (it was Oct. 5, 2015) someone posted a similar suggestion: https://community.logos.com/forums/t/117211.aspx 

We have this and the other item filed as suggestions. No word on how/if or on what path suggestions turn to reality for this one. 

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