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The Fathers of the Church: From St. Clement of Rome to St. Augustine of Hippo

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At his Wednesday audiences during 2007 and 2008 Pope Benedict XVI gave a series of short talks on the Fathers of the Church. He devoted himself not only to such famous and influential Fathers as Augustine and John Chrysostom but also to figures not venerated as saints; one subject, Tertullian, even died outside the Catholic communion. This volume contains thirty-six of these inspirational teachings.

In these catecheses the Pope is not delivering academic lectures or preaching ...

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Overview

At his Wednesday audiences during 2007 and 2008 Pope Benedict XVI gave a series of short talks on the Fathers of the Church. He devoted himself not only to such famous and influential Fathers as Augustine and John Chrysostom but also to figures not venerated as saints; one subject, Tertullian, even died outside the Catholic communion. This volume contains thirty-six of these inspirational teachings.

In these catecheses the Pope is not delivering academic lectures or preaching sermons. Rather, he is instructing Christian believers who want to have their faith confirmed and strengthened. Pope Benedict firmly believes that the Fathers of the Church still speak powerfully today, and his accessible presentations will make many readers eager to look further into the writings of these great early Christians.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802864598
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, has been Dean of the College of Cardinals, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and President of the International Theological Commission. The Holy Father has also enjoyed a distinguished teaching career at such universities as Tübingen and Regensburg in his home country of Germany.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Abbreviations x

1 Saint Clements, Bishop of Rome 1

2 Saint Ignatius of Antioch 5

3 Saint Justin, Philosopher and Martyr 10

4 Saint Irenaeus of Lyons 14

5 Clement of Alexandria 19

6 Origen of Alexandria (1) 23

7 Origen of Alexandria (1) 28

8 Tertullian 32

9 Saint Cryprian 36

10 Eusebuis of Caesarea 41

11 Saint Athanasius of Alexandria 45

12 Saint Cyril of Jerusalem 50

13 Saint Basil (1) 54

14 Saint Basil (2) 58

15 Saint Gregory Nazianzus(1) 62

16 Saint Gregory Nazianzus(2) 66

17 Saint Gregory of Nyssa (1) 70

18 Saint Gregory of Nyssa (2) 74

19 Saint John Chrysostom (1) 78

20 Saint John Chrysostom (2) 83

21 Saint Cyril of Alexandria 87

22 Saint Hilary of Poitiers 91

23 Saint Eusebius of Vercelli 95

24 Saint Ambrose of Milan 99

25 Saint Maximus of Turin 104

26 Saint Jerome (1) 108

27 Saint Jerome (2) 112

28 Aphraates, "the Sage" 118

29 Saint Ephrem 122

30 Saint Chromatius of Aquileia 126

31 Saint Paulinus of Nola 131

32 Saint Augustine of Hippo (1) 136

33 Saint Augustine of Hippo (2) 141

34 Saint Augustine of Hippo (3) 145

35 Saint Augustine of Hippo (4) 149

36 Saint Augustine of Hippo (5) 154

Biographical Notes on the Fathers 159

Works of the Fathers of the Church in English Translation 173

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