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Four Witnesses: The Early Church in Her Own Words Paperback – March 1, 2002
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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I already had a copy and liked it so well that I purchased another as a gift.Published 20 days ago by Joann Cordova-Sanchez
Great book on what the Early Church believed and practiced from Apostolic times.Published 25 days ago by Connie A.
Recommend for those who are seeking to know the foundation of our church. These four witnesses lay a foundation.Published 2 months ago by Ralph Taylor
I loved this book. It was hard to put down. Bennett has distilled a lot of difficult material and added important historical context (with a touch of fiction) in order to help... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brian
Far and away THE best book I've ever read on any of the early Church Fathers! I am not a theologian, but merely interested in learning our Catholic Faith better -- my background... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Baby Maven
Can only confirm all of the other positive reviewers.
Great job Mr. Bennett. One would have to
want to stay blind for this book not to be able to change ones life and... Read more
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 3 months ago by G.F. Murray