I posted my Musings on Methodius on Puritanboard. They didn’t like my dichotomy of Hebrew vs Hellenic thought. I’ve spent almost a decade reading Greek (pagan and Christian) sources. What I say is beyond dispute. I’m also (not) surprised they didn’t take up the line of Methodius’s neo-Galatian two-class Christianity, but enough of that.
I’m fairly harsh on the Fathers for the idealization of angelic celibacy. But as I reflect upon it, I can kind of get where they were coming from. They lived in a decaying, overly sexualized debauched culture of the late Roman Empire (nominally Christian or not). The appeal to monasteries fairly obvious: faced with starving poverty, unfulfilled sexuality, and lack or order, monasteries offered a stable alternative. Does that justify later monastic trends? Of course not, but it’s worth remembering. If the Fathers were over-reacting to what is below, then I can understand, even if I do not approve.
(Wisdom prevailed and I didn’t post any pictures)