The Christian Nation

hermas St. Hermas brother of Pius, Bishop of Rome (ca. 150 A.D.)

Christianity is a disciplic religion (Matthew 28:18-20), and as such, all of its core teachings are found in the writings of the Apostolic Fathers. The title “Apostolic Fathers” is generally ascribed to the direct disciples of the Apostles who lived between the first and second centuries. The book known as The Shepherd of Hermas was included in many of the New Testament Canons until the current list of 27 Books was officially voted by the Bishops of the Church under the direction of the Holy Spirit at the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D.

The Shepherd of Hermas was included in the personal canons and quoted extensively by important ecclesial personalities such as: Origen, Tertullian, Clement of Alexandria, Irenaeus, Athanasius, and Didymus the Blind. The oldest list of New Testament Scripture known as Muratorian Canon (ca.180-200?) includes

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