As It Is Written . . .

The Monotheism of the Gospel

by Patrick Henry Reardon

The very notion of the “gospel,” the evangelion, lies so deep in Christian memory that it takes on a tautological quality, as it were: the gospel is the gospel. The “idea” of it is so integral to what we mean by “Christian” that the two concepts can hardly be dissected. We know that the evangelion has component parts, but these are so structurally intertwined that isolating them for analysis is nearly impossible and never convincing.

So how do we go about defining the evangelion? Probably we should identify the source of the word, the literary place where the early Christians found the idea. That source was . . .

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Patrick Henry Reardon is pastor of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of Christ in the Psalms, Christ in His Saints, and The Trial of Job (all from Conciliar Press). He is a senior editor of Touchstone.

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