Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Keep It Simple—Still

I found another church father who continues in the same vein as a post from earlier this week: when sharing Christ and the gospel, be simple and sincere.
Let us leave the harangues of the rostrum, the facile eloquence which glories in the multitude of words.  When we have to speak of our God and Savior, we will use an unadorned sincerity of speech.  Faith is not strengthened by displays of oratory, but by the truth itself.  We should aim not to make long dissertations which may charm a popular audience by the flowers of rhetoric, but to find weighty words which, presenting the truth in its naked simplicity, are such as become the gospel of Christ.
Cyprian, To Donatus, 2 as translated by E. de Pressensé

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