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Four Witnesses: The Early Church in Her Own Words Paperback – March 1, 2002
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Rod lives in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee with his wife Dorothy and their two children.
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As its name implies, "Four Witnesses" focuses mainly on the lives and writings of four particular church fathers, all of whom lived prior to 200 A.D.: Clement, the fourth bishop of Rome; Ignatius, bishop of Antioch who was martyred in Rome in the early second century; Justin Martyr, a Christian philosopher who was one of the first apologists for the Christian faith; and Irenaeus, bishop of Lyons in Gaul (modern France) who wrote extensively in refutation of Gnosticism. Bennett blends his own narrative text with numerous excerpts from the writings of these four men (plus excerpts from some other patristic writings) to tell a story of the Christian church throughout much of its first two centuries of existence. Central to this story are the persecutions which were ordered by various Roman emperors, and the constant struggle against other competing quasi-Christian belief systems. By quoting these "four witnesses" extensively, Bennett allows us to see first-hand what these early Christians believed, the challenges they faced, and how they responded to those challenges.Read more ›
The author also includes a chapter on his own journey from Protestantism to Catholicism. In fact the book almost seems to be written with Protestants in mind.
I would suggest this book to everyone from those who never heard of the early church fathers to those who recognize all the writings cited in the book.
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The author provided useful texts on four Greek Fathers. The background information which he gave on each of the authors was useful but highly fictionalized and romanticized. Read morePublished 6 days ago by G.F. Murray
Recommended in my men's group. Love the book and who the difficult and hazardous life of early Christians was depicted. Read morePublished 8 days ago by D-Man
Very informative and well written book about our early Church.Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
I've bought 4 copies of this book after reading my college professor's copy 10 years ago. I can't like this enough and love to distribute them to those struggling with their faith. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Thomas C. Hansen
Ordered It, Received it, Works Fine.
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