And now another episode of Bearded Gospel History, with Sir Timothy Braun! Today, July 19, marks the celebration for St. Gregory of Nyssa, an extremely important figure in the early church. Some say he drew his incredible theological and philosophical powers directly from his beard! (Actually, nobody says that but me, but it’s a reasonable theory!)
“Let the inspired Scripture, then, be our umpire, and the vote of truth will surely be given to those whose dogmas are found to agree with the Divine words.” ~ Gregory of Nyssa
The 300s AD were a crazy time in Church history. The Church went from a severely persecuted minority to a legitimate, legally recognized faith. In the midst of this transition they were also fighting theological battles, doing their best to protect the Church from heresies like Arianism.
Into this theological fray leapt the bearded brotherhood now known as…
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