This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Citations from the early church regarding universality

To show that Christianity even in its earliest days understood the true nature of universality beyond form, and knew that it shared the truth even with those who came before, we need only look at the writings of the fathers:

There exist diverse forms of the Word under which It reveals Itself to Its disciples, conforming Itself to the degree of light of each one, according to the degree of their progress in holiness.”[1]

That which today is called the Christian religion existed among the ancients and has never ceased to exist from the origin of the human race until the time when Christ Himself came and men began to call Christian the true religion which already existed beforehand.”[2]

The passage above from Augustine has been explained as follows:

The Catholic religion is but a continuation of the primitive religion restored and generously enriched by Him Who knew His work from the beginning. This explains why St. Paul the Apostle did not claim to be superior to the Gentiles save in his knowledge of Jesus crucified. In fact, all the Gentiles needed to acquire was the knowledge of the Incarnation and the Redemption considered as an accomplished fact; for they had already received the deposit of all the remaining truths…It is well to consider that this Divine Revelation, which idolatry had rendered unrecognizable, had nevertheless been preserved in its purity and perhaps in all its perfection in the mysteries of Eleusis, Lemnos, and Samothrace.[3]

In other words, the Eucharist—the one and only means of ‘saving’ grace—is just as universal as Christ Himself, although it is found in various modes and degrees of perfection depending on time and place and people.

[1] Origen, Contra Cels. 4:16.

[2] Augustine, Retractions I.13.3.

[3] Abbe P.-J. Jallabert, Le Catholicisme avant Jesus-Christ.

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