The Bad Old Days: A Comment on "What Can The Contemporary Church Learn?"

From: Volume XV, Issue 1: Fall 1994 Pages 110-117


Relying on ante-Nicene sources, this article demonstrates that (1) the average early Christian was no more dedicated or loving than today, and (2) even in the earliest centuries church writers longed for a bygone hypothetical age of greater faithfulness among believers. The author cautions against basing reforms on the idealized past.



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