Ep. 17 —The Long, Strange Trip of Hippolytus of Rome
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He started as a papal critic, became history’s first antipope, and today is honored—with the pope he rejected—as a saint whose feast day is universal. Go figure. Hippolytus of Rome is one of the great curiosities of early Christian history. In ancient times he was known for his encyclopedic books of theology, which became standard reference works in the centuries to follow. The Church revived his Mass prayers in the last century, and they’re still in use today.
The Refutation of All Heresies
The Extant Works and Fragments of Hippolytus: Part I.—exegetical
The Extant Works and Fragments of Hippolytus: Part II.—dogmatical and Historical
More works by the Fathers
Mike Aquilina’s website
Theme music: Gaudeamus (Introit for the Feast of All Saints), sung by Jeff Ostrowski. Courtesy of http://www.ccwatershed.org.
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