Historical Mentor Revisited – John Chrysostom

St John Chrysostom, St Patrick's cathedral, Ne...

St John Chrysostom, St Patrick’s cathedral, New York City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some time ago I asked for some recommendations for an important figure from church history to engage with as a historical mentor. You gave me some wonderful suggestions and helped me think through the implications of some of the various choices available to me, and for that I am grateful.

I ended up selecting John Chrysostom as my historical mentor and enjoyed researching his life and thought for a paper for my Church History class. I knew next to nothing about him before my class, and since we were covering 2,000 years of history, we weren’t able to spend much time on him in class, so I was thankful for the opportunity to explore him a bit more.


His is truly an incredible story, and the way he has influenced our own Christianity today is fascinating.

I hope you’ll take some time to read through my paper and enjoy learning a bit about a bold man of God.

You can find it here.


Who Should I Select as my Historical Mentor?

One of the tasks we’ve been set in my Church History Course is to choose a prominent theologian from Church History as a sort of historical mentor. The idea is to get to know an important person from church history through what they have written and by seeking to understand what they have to offer us as followers of Jesus Christ today.

I’m quite excited by this opportunity, but as is usually the case, there are far too many interesting options available, and I must choose one. The only real restriction is that the person have produced a large enough body of work to engage with for a long time, and that they are dead.

If you read this, I’d love to hear your recommendation for a historical mentor and why.