Friday, July 3, 2009

Theodoret of Cyrus: Disciple According to Newness to Faith

The phrase, Censure them severely, of course, is not inconsistent with that other one, "In gentleness correcting those ill-disposed to you:" the divine teaching must be proposed mildly and gently to those who do not yet believe, whereas to those professing belief while endeavoring to do what is contrary to belief it is necessary to apply harsher remedies.

- Theodoret of Cyrus (around A.D. 393 to around A.D. 457), Commentary on Titus, Chapter 1, in Theodoret of Cyrus, Commentary on the Letters of St. Paul, Volume 2, p. 254 (2001), Robert C. Hill translator.