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The Fathers Know Best - Your Essential Guide to the Teachings of the Early Church Paperback – November 18, 2010
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The majority of the book is broken up into major topics and then sections within those topics. These sections such as the Trinity, Primacy of Peter, Women's Ordination contain an introduction followed by multiple quotes which are sorted by earlier to later Church Fathers. Where applicable along with these quotes are also listed any canons from Church Councils pertaining to the subject. The introductions are very good and give a good summary of the subject from scripture, tradition, and magisterial teaching.
For the most part the quotes are taken from a publicly available Protestant translation of the Church Fathers. So this is perfect for apologetics work and this makes it easy for others to see the full context of the original writings. In some cases fair use quotes of Catholic translations are used because they were left out of the aforementioned Protestant translation.
This is really one of the best references concerning the Church Fathers in that it is very easy to find information on the topic you want and their are multiple indexes in the back to make this easier.Read more ›
Mr. Akin (author) identifies his work as being more akin to that of a reference book. I can attest to this as I mistakenly chose to read it like a novel (front to back) only to find myself overwhelmed by information, causing a circuit overload. However, in my second attempt (having changed course) I found it masterfully done, amazingly insightful and a fascinating journey in the truth.
My personal recommendation when reading this historical collection is to begin with the short introduction titled "About This Book" followed by selecting topics that most interest you under (Part Two) of the Contents. Then, if your desire more precise details on a particular Father, history, geographical area, councils, writings, heresies, etc... select from the list of subjects under (Part One) of the Contents.
As always, pray for Christian unity!
As one would imagine, you can write volumes on church history, theology and scriptural interpretation. But here's what this book does- tell me what the first Christians believed and how they worshiped. Once you know that, you have two choices: you can cling to your favorite christian doctrines, whether they were created in 1560, 1880 or 1998 and try to believe the christian church was lost for 1,500 years while waiting for the birth of Luther... or you can embrace the church that teaches what the believers in 90 AD, 150 AD and 250 AD believed and preached.
In my own life, I decided intellectual freedom and discovery are just fine but obedience, once the truth is presented, is what's expected.
Great book. Just don't bother reading it if you really don't want to know what the early church believed- it may rattle your cage, as it did mine.
God bless you.
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Consize reference book that anyway covers very broad spectrum of topics.Published 2 months ago by VJ
Disappointed. A collection of smaller articles dumped together. The book description is clear on this though. More a reference book to dip into.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great for me as a new convert. Answers many questions Protestants have on infant baptism and other issues. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Relearning about my religion.
Read it off and on when I have questions about something
The book worth more than what I paid for. This is exactly what the doctor ordered. I love it.Published 11 months ago by Emmanuel Alakwe
Jimmy Akin covers the history of the Church Fathers and demonstrates the reason behind our christian faith which are not expressed explicity in the bible but the tradition given to... Read morePublished 12 months ago by C. Alvarado
Terrific reference guide on various pertinent subjects. Not necessarily a cover to cover read. Rather choose a subject and learn what the early church taught, understood and... Read morePublished 16 months ago by E T Rohmann