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Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and See full bio.


On to the two letters of Peter, leaving to the future only St. John. To put it one way, Peter was not by temperament a theologian, as were John and Paul, but he did not hesitate to proclaim the Faith. There is a lesson in this that even the great St. Paul did not learn immediately, for it was only after considerable experience that Paul resolved to know nothing among the Corinthians “except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor 2:2). Peter seemed to know from the first that you don’t fish for men with the bait of theological subtlety; you fish for men by loving them enough to tell them the truth about Jesus Christ.

Thus in his first letter “to exiles of the Dispersion” (1 Pet 1:1), Peter begins with praise to God, through whose mercy “we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and to an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading kept in heaven for you” (1 Pet 1:3-4).   ….

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