This article evaluates the claim that the early church fathers regarded their own writings as inspired. It explains that they repeatedly expressed that the apostles had a distinctive authority that was higher than their own, and that inspiration-like language can be used to describe ecclesiastical authority even though such authority is subordinate to the apostles'.
Can it be declared that God is clearly revealed in creation and his government of creation? Is this general revelation accessible to all people? Early Christian exegesis of Romans 1:18–22 tried to reflect on these questions. This article wants to treat general revelation from a theological perspective, with special reference to the church fathers and ancient Christian exegetes.
Many believers use the Psalms as a prayer book. It is also primarily God’s hymn book. From the early church the Psalter has been both the prayer and hymn book of the church. The author indicates this for the apostolic church and the church of the early church fathers. He continues with the Middle Ages and the Reformed tradition.