The Rule of Faith

Irenaeus: The Canon of Truth The Rule of Faith — Proclaiming allegiance to Jesus the King — hosted by Matthew W. Bates

“Anyone who keeps unchangeable in himself the Rule of Truth received through baptism will recognize the names and sayings and parables from the Scriptures, but this blasphemous theme of theirs he will not recognize” (Irenaeus, Against the Heresies 1.9.4).

Bates, Cover Thumbnail. Birth of the TrinityThe “Rule of Faith” (regula fidei) or “Canon of Truth” (κανων της αληθειας; regula veritatis) was a narrative about the climactic significance of Jesus the Christ within God’s plan. As the hypothesis that explained the whole arrangement of God’s superintendence of the cosmos, the rule of faith was especially vital to the early Christians. It helped them articulate methods of scriptural interpretation over against deviant groups (such as the so-called gnostics) that believed salvation depended on acquiring esoteric knowledge. Consideration of the appropriate dimensions of the rule of faith has informed much of my writing.

BBates, Salvation by Allegiance AloneBates, Bookcover (1)Who am I?  A Christian professor and the author of several books: The Birth of the Trinity (Oxford University Press, 2015); The Hermeneutics of the Apostolic Proclamation (Baylor University Press, 2012); and the award-winning Salvation by Allegiance Alone (Baker Academic, 2017). I also co-host a popular podcast, OnScript, that focuses on author interviews in biblical studies.  (Here’s a brief bio).

My personal webpage is overdue for an update. For now I am primarily maintaining it to help collect some resources connected to my scholarship (click here for article downloads or here for more on Salvation by Allegiance Alone). Read a book or give the podcast a listen!

I can be reached at mattbatesQU with the g-mail address extension.

In Christ,

~Matt Bates

Matthew W. Bates, Ph.D.,

Associate Professor of Theology, Quincy University

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