The Rhetoric of Faith
Irenaeus and the Structure of the Adversus Haereses
The argument focuses on the Adversus Haereses, although it does begin with some discussion to put Irenaeus in the context of second century Christian literature. Moringiello concludes with a discussion of Irenaeus's Demonstration of the Apostolic Preaching.
Other scholars have provided introductions to Irenaeus's work, and other scholars have argued for the structural unity of the Adversus Haereses. No other scholar, though, has argued that the faith of the Church is the basis of Irenaeus's argument. This argument, then, presents an important contribution to the field of Irenaeus studies.
Beyond the study of Irenaeus, though, The Rhetoric of Faith offers a contribution to the field of early Christian studies. I argue that the field should focus more on how early Christian authors make their arguments by attending to the theologically-informed rhetorical strategies they use.
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"The Rhetoric of Faith offers a fresh interpretation of the structural coherence of Against the Heresies and a compelling account of Irenaeus's primary reasons for writing it. Moringiello's work is highly recommended to anyone seeking a deeper understanding of this foundational early Christian thinker and his most influential book"—John J. O'Keefe, Creighton University
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