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Epistolê (ἐπιστολή)

Can you imagine anything, I ask you, that is so useful or even so necessary as the first notion of letters? They are the foundation on which all our studies rest.

~Petrarch (†1374)

Francesco_Petrarca00Epistolê is a blog dedicated to theological resourcement or renewal from a Reformed and catholic perspective. It’s also about history, art, and philosophy, because theology (i.e., Regina scientiarum) incorporates all forms of wisdom. There are similarities between blogging and the lost art of letter writing (epistolê = “letter”), which gave us such wonderfully diverse works as Cicero’s letters to Atticus, the epistles of St. Paul, and the correspondence of Abelard and Heloise. The “man of letters” is the one whose knowledge of the best topics (loci) from ancient literature and his experience in debate and oratory furnish him with rhetorical skill (ars) for quick, simple, and pleasant writing. These elements were present in the writings of Renaissance humanists, whose works encapsulate the curious human drive to make new things out of very old things. A blog is an interesting place to talk about that and, in a way, continue the ancient practice.

Ad Fontes

We are like dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants; thanks to them, we see farther than they. Busying ourselves with the treatises written by the ancients, we take their choice thoughts, buried by age and human neglect, and we raise them as it were from death to renewed life.

~Peter of Blois (†1204)

Neither are we dwarfs, nor are they giants, but we are all of one stature … provided that there be found in us the same studiousness, watchfulness and love of truth, as was in them. If these conditions be lacking, then we are not dwarfs, nor set on the shoulders of giants, but men of a competent stature, grovelling on the earth.

~Juan Luis Vives (†1540)

About the Author


Eric (Ph.D., McGill University, 2018) has published various articles in historical theology, and he currently works as the editor of LEEP at the Davenant Institute (you may find a list of his academic publications and presentations here). He was ordained to the diaconate in 2018 in the Reformed Episcopal Church. Eric is married to Aubrey and they have two children.

Email: eric.m.parker[at]gmail[dot]com

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 13, 2008 11:55 am

    Erick Parker:

    I found your conclusion of The Errors of Aulen’s Christus Victor Model

    March 22, 2008 by Eric Parker

    Can you send me the entire review? That would be much appreciated. Thanks.

    Warm regards,
    Martin Erdmann

  2. July 15, 2008 10:09 am

    Dr. Erdmann

    I sent it. Hope it helps.


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