For about six months now I’ve been reading The Pocket Scroll, a blog that is “a home for GK Chesterton’s ‘Democracy of the Dead’ and “a place for musings about the Great Tradition of Christianity.” The author—Scholiast—has just written a post about why he is going to join in reading the fathers. Here is one paragraph—you can read the rest at the blog.
I cannot recommend this idea enough. The challenges and wonders and mind-stretching ideas that come from reading the Fathers are exactly what the pocket scroll is about. I started this blog not only to have a place to work through some ideas but as a place to encourage others to meet with the texts that have formed the Christian faith and made it what it is today to help bring them to a place of deeper faith in God, greater awe before Him, fuller strength in the face of trouble, truer holiness in a licentious society.
I hope you’ll read some of the other posts at the Pocket Scroll, especially the series about “classic Christianity.” As the paragraph quoted above states, the whole blog is an argument for reading the fathers to learn a deeper faith and practice, and it contains a lot of helpful information about the Christian tradition along the way. That’s why I’ve taken the liberty including these excerpts as part of our series of posts on why readers are reading.
In the Pocket Scroll’s sidebar you’ll see the list of posts that make up the “classic Christianity” series. After reading the introduction, you might pay special attention to the post “What is Classic Christianity?” Here is a taste:
Paleo-orthodoxy seeks to learn theology from dead guys, to encounter the truths of orthodoxy in the Scriptures and the Church Fathers, drawing from the rich well of the first 1000 years of consensual Christian witness to the Truth. Classic Christianity reads these ancient Classics, seeking always the Truth, always Christ, always a deeper understanding of the Scriptures and God’s revelation to us. Classic Christianity seeks to be in communion with all that is good in the Christian tradition, drawing from the wells not only of the first 1000 years, but of the great Tradition as it gallops across the world and through time.