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Church Fathers: From Clement of Rome to Augustine Hardcover – October 30, 2008

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  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (October 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158617245X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586172459
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in 1927 in Germany as Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI has been head of the Roman Catholic Church since April 2005. A prolific author, theologian and university professor, Ratzinger served as an "expert" at the Second Vatican Council, and was tapped in 1977 by Pope Paul VI to lead the German Archdiocese of Munich and Freising. In 1981, Pope John Paul II called him to Rome to head the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, where he served until his papal election.

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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Rich Leonardi on December 10, 2008
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Ignatius Press' collection of the Holy Father's Wednesday audience addresses on the Church Fathers is a must-have for anyone interested in early Church history. Picking up where he left off with the Apostles, Pope Benedict spent 2007 and 2008 explaining the role of these early leaders in resolving doctrinal controversies and shepherding their flocks. For instance, the lead address explains how Pope St. Clement, the third successor to the papacy who reigned at the end of the first century, spoke with authority to the church in Corinth. Thus early on in the life the Church, the Bishop of Rome exercised primacy over neighboring communities. These brief biographical sketches also offer critical lessons for today. We learn that according to St. Ambrose, a mentor to St. Augustine, "catechesis is inseparable from witness of life." In other words, those who are charged with teaching the faith must practice what they preach. It is worth pointing out what an elegant, well-made book Ignatius Press has produced. The hardcover edition features a tightly bound spine, quality paper, and an attractive dust-jacket design. Even at the $15 list price, this book is a bargain.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jerome S. on December 17, 2009
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This is a great book for those who want a synthesized version of the early Church fathers. Even after having read some of the old, "original" writing of these great giants of the early, Catholic church, I found this offering a quality insight into who they were and how they have become pillars of the Church. The chapters are short but Pope Benedict gives you enough of the important information that should serve your need for knowledge and might provoke you into looking a little deeper. I don't have to encourage you if you are already considering this book as you probably already have your act together. I find the Holy Father an excellent communicator and this book is another in this series that is well written and instructive while not being a bore!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Tuzik on April 18, 2009
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Pope Benedict XVI has recently published an excellent book on The Church Fathers: From Clement of Rome to Augustine. If you want to know why the early Fathers of the Church are so important to Christianity, then please read this book. Pope Benedict presents in a concise and user-friendly way the insights of these early theologians and portrays the vibrancy of the life of the early Church. I recommend this book as a good introduction to some of the most famous writings from the early days of the Church's life.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Grace M. Alvarez on October 26, 2009
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Once again Pope Benedict XVI presents us with a close-up look at the Church Fathers. His insight into their contributions to the Church and Christianity in general gives the reader a better under-standing of what is behind Church teaching and how the process came about.
Excellent reading. I recommend it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DAV on February 13, 2009
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As with all of Pope Benedict's writings, he presents his subject in a scholarly, but clear and very readable fashion. This book is very helpful for those wanting a basic understanding of these Church Fathers.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Blind Lemon Pie on March 9, 2012
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Each chapter is taken from a speech by Pope Benedict XVI at his weekly audiences. Each focuses on a particular Church Father. Good information, certainly told from the Church's perspective. The writing style is a bit dry at times, but recommended for those interested in the Church Fathers.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on February 6, 2013
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Christian Church has been blessed with a long and noble history, filled with thoughtful and heroic witness of many courageous and saintly individuals. Unfortunately, many of those figures have not been prominently studied and reflected upon in recent years, and even centuries. This is particularly the case with the early Church fathers - the saints and martyrs who have built the Church and the orthodox Christian faith that we partake in today.

This book is made out of lectures given by the Pope Benedict over the course of several months. Each one of the Church Fathers is represented with one or two lectures, devoted to his life and the most significant theological teachings. We are taken into the world of early Christianity and various challenges and struggles - both physical and theological - that the early Christian community faced. This book is a useful reminder that the orthodox Christian faith has been shaped and elucidated by many thoughtful and courageous individuals who oftentimes faced very serious and harmful persecution. The book ends, unsurprisingly, with five lectures dedicated to St. Augustine. Pope Benedict is well known to be particularly fond of this great saint and theologian, and his own writings are deeply imbued with Augustinian thought and sensibility.

Aside from the obvious historical and theological value, this slender tome is of particular relevance for the Christians in the modern world. We live in the age that is increasingly hostile to the Christian thought and ethics, and it can be tempting to give in to despair or adopt a siege mentality and withdraw from the world entirely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Arnold on June 26, 2015
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Book contains numerous short articles from the Pope's public talks, so they are available online. Having said that, they are all nicely packed here. The talks are just a snippet of their lives and is an excellent jumping off point for further research. Some of the more notable Fathers such as St. Augustine have multiple day talks.
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