When the Church Was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers

When the Church Was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers

by Marcellino D'Ambrosio Ph.D.


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If the word trinity isn’t in Scripture, why is it such an important part of our faith?
And if the Bible can be interpreted in many ways, how do we know what to make
of it? And who decided what should be in the Bible anyway?

The Church Fathers provide the answers. These brilliant, embattled, and
sometimes eccentric men defined the biblical canon, hammered out the Creed,
and gave us our understanding of sacraments and salvation. It is they who
preserved for us the rich legacy of the early Church.

D’Ambrosio dusts off the dry theology and brings you the exciting stories and
great heroes such as Ambrose, Augustine, Basil, Athanasius, Chrysostom, and
Jerome. This page-turner will inspire and challenge you with the lives and
insights of these seminal teachers from when the Church was young.

The audio edition of this book can be downloaded via Audible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616367770
Publisher: Franciscan Media
Publication date: 08/22/2014
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 238,030
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Marcellino D’Ambrosio is a world-renowned commentator on religious issues. With a Ph.D. in theology (under Cardinal Avery Dulles), nine years of university teaching, and hundreds of published articles, Marcellino has a wealth of knowledge and knows how to make it accessible for a wide variety of audiences. As “Dr. Italy,” D’Ambrosio has a popular website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed and appears weekly on a variety of Catholic TV and radio networks. He is the coauthor of the million-copy bestseller The Guide to the Passion.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xi

Selected Chronology of the Early Church Fathers xiii

Chapter 1 The Church Fathers: Who Is Included? 1

Chapter 2 Clement and the Corinthian Coup 5

Chapter 3 The Didache: Out of the Mist of History 11

Chapter 4 Ignatius: Prophet, Pastor, and Witness 18

Chapter 5 The Martyrdom of Polycarp 29

Chapter 6 Diognetus and the Mystery of Christian Newness 38

Chapter 7 Justin and the Philosophers Cloak 47

Chapter 8 Irenaeus and the Gnostic Threat 58

Chapter 9 Irenaeus and the Battle for the Bible 68

Chapter 10 Clement and the School of Alexandria 77

Chapter 11 Origen: Zeal and Genius 88

Chapter 12 The Tragedy of Tertullian 102

Chapter 13 Cyprian and the Unity of the Church 113

Chapter 14 Hippolytus and the Lex Orandi 125

Chapter 15 The Great Persecution 139

Chapter 16 Nicaea, the First Ecumenical Council 150

Chapter 17 Athanasius against the World 162

Chapter 18 Basil the Great 179

Chapter 19 Two Gregorys and a Council 192

Chapter 20 Ambrose of Milan: The Jonah of the West 210

Chapter 21 Augustine and Amazing Grace 223

Chapter 22 The Preacher with the Golden Tongue 243

Chapter 23 Jerome and the Bible 256

Chapter 24 Leo and Peter 266

Chapter 25 Gregory the Great 275

Chapter 26 The Voice in the Voices 286

Postscript: When the Church Was Young 295

Further Reading on the Early Church Fathers 297

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