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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Note (23.) to "History of the 'Christian' Trinity - HIST"

23. "[In the early days of Christianity] one believed in the Father, in the Son and in the Holy Spirit, but no tie was available to unite them together. They were mentioned separately. Prayers were addressed, for example, to the Father who `alone,' according to the statement of Clement of Rome, `was God' [cf. Jn 17:3, NEB; 1 Cor 8:6]." - Revue d' Histoire et de Litterature Religieuses (Review of History and of Religious Literature), May-June, 1906, pp. 222, 223. (See Awake! 22 Sept., 1962, p. 7.) "Clement, St., Pope of Rome (ca. 92-101) .... St. Clement is looked upon as the first of the `Apostolic Fathers'." - p. 177, An Encyclopedia of Religion.

The writing of Clement of Rome is "the earliest and most valuable surviving example of Christian literature outside the New Testament" and "was widely known and held in very great esteem by the early Church. It was publicly read in numerous churches, and regarded as being almost on a level with the inspired scriptures." - pp. 17, 22, Early Christian Writings, Staniforth, Dorset Press, New York.

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