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The Fathers Know Best: Your Essential Guide to the Teachings of the Early Church

The Fathers Know Best: Your Essential Guide to the Teachings of the Early Church

by Jimmy Akin

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What Did Early Christians Really Believe? The Answer Will Surprise and Amaze You! The Fathers Know Best: Your Essential Guide to the Teachings of the Early Church is a unique resource that introduces you to the teachings of the first Christians in a way no other work can. It is specially designed to make it easy for you to find the information you want and need. Amazing features in this fact-packed book include:

More than 900 quotations from the writings of the early Church Fathers, as well as from rare and important documents dating back to the dawn of Christian history.

Mini-biographies of nearly 100 Fathers, as well as descriptions of dozens of key early councils and writings.

A concise history of the dramatic spread of Christianity after Jesus told his disciples to evangelize all nations.

Special maps showing you where the Fathers lived, including many little-known and long-vanished locations.

A guide to nearly 30 ancient heresies, many of which have returned to haunt the modern world.

The Fathers' teaching on nearly 50 topics, including modern hot-button issues like abortion, homosexuality, and divorce.

This groundbreaking work presents the teachings of the early Christians in a way unlike any other book. It flings open the doors of the crucial but little-known age covering the birth of Christianity and the triumphant march of the gospel throughout the ancient world.

"We are particularly blessed by this release of Jimmy Akin's superbly compiled synopsis of the writings of the early Church Fathers. There are other works, but Akin's finely selected and categorized collection provides a far more accessible introduction to the early Christians"--Marcus Grodi, President of The Coming Home Network and host of EWTN's The Journey Home.

"Jimmy Akin puts together a very handy book which introduces a modern reader to the greatly neglected world of the patristic writers and helps us to get a real feel for what early Christianity looked like (hint: Catholics and Orthodox will not be surprised at what they find there) and how the Church that emerged from the apostolic period thought about life, the universe, and everything.

"If you want to have a much better grasp of Scripture by reading it in the context of the language, culture, and worldview of the people who were vastly closer in outlook to the apostles than any modern can hope to be, check out The Fathers Know Best."--Mark Shea, Catholic author and speaker

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940012941855
Publisher: Catholic Answers Press
Publication date: 06/09/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 427
Sales rank: 547,444
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jimmy Akin was born in Texas and grew up nominally Protestant. At age 20 he experienced a profound conversion to Christ. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, Jimmy started an intensive study of the Bible, but the more he immersed himself in Scripture, the more he found it to support the Catholic faith. He entered the Catholic Church in 1992. His conversion story, “A Triumph and a Tragedy,” is published in the book Surprised By Truth. Jimmy is a weekly guest on the global radio program, “Catholic Answers Live,” and the author of numerous publications, including the books Mass Confusion: The Do’s and Don’ts of Catholic Worship and The Salvation Controversy. His personal blog is

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