Brian Shelton on Irenaeus

On February 4, 2021, Brian Shelton, Professor of Theology and Department Chair at Asbury University, joined our Ad Fontes 2021 Patristics Reading Group to discuss Irenaeus, second-century bishop of Lyons. His lecture provided basic biographical information on Irenaeus and an introduction to his two major works: Demonstration of the Apostolic Preaching and Against Heresies. You can learn more about Dr. Shelton and follow his blog at

For a written introduction to Irenaeus, read Dr. Shelton’s chapter on Irenaeus in Shapers of Christian Orthodoxy (IVP, 2010).

Please consider purchasing Dr. Shelton’s other books, including Prevenient Grace: God’s Provision for Fallen Humanity, Quest for the Historical Apostles: Tracing Their Lives and Legaciesand Martyrdom and Exegesis in Hippolytus: An Early Church Presbyter’s Commentary on Daniel.

Upcoming speakers for our Ad Fontes reading group include:

  • Chris Bounds, “Tertullian” — February 26 at 2 PM EST
  • Tom McCall, “The Cappadocian Fathers” — TBA
  • Fred Sanders, “Hilary of Poitiers” — TBA

More information will be shared on our social media channels. Those who are registered for our reading group will also receive an email.

Brian Shelton
Brian Shelton
Brian Shelton is Professor of Theology and Department Chair at Asbury University.