Who are Christians? [Early Church]

From Roberta C. Bondi’s excellent book To Pray and to Love: Conversations on Prayer with the Early Church.

Pachomius, one of the founders of Egyptian monasticism, recounted his first encounter with Christians. When he asked someone what a Christian was, he received the following response.

Christians are people who bear the name of Christ, the only Son of God, and they do all manner of good things for everyone, putting their hope on him who made the heaven and the earth and us [human beings]

This is great: Faith + Service. Recognizing Christ as both Lord and Saviour… and in that order.

3 thoughts on “Who are Christians? [Early Church]

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  2. This saying of Pachomius is really just too simplistic to be helpful to anyone, don’t you think?. “…..they do all manner of good things for everyone” Where are ‘they’???. I think the Faith conversation might be more productive if we would occasionally shift the emphasis to recognizing our own personal Character defects and concrete ways to combat them.

    • I think, given how Christians are described today, I would like to be describe as he does. This isn’t meant to be an exhaustive definition.

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