This gran rifiuto (great refusal) is finely summarized by the Jesuit patrologist
Henri de Lubac who once remarked, modernity will always know more, it will always explain more, but it will never understand more, because it has refused mystery.
Although van de Paverd seems somewhat diffident about venturing, as a patrologist
, into a terrain usually reserved for specialists in the later Roman empire, he need have no fears: he has produced a work of painstaking and often original research from which they, as well students of Chrysostom, can draw profit.
It comes as no surprise that Canisius, "an eminent patrologist
," (27) valued Torres' project.
Padovese was also a very good scholar, a patrologist
Because the polemic passages describe the Christian fourth century by an active participant, they are of great interest to patrologists
, church historians, theologians, and students of Gnosticism or Manichaeism.