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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.
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The Four Witnesses leave no doubt the Catholic Church is the one true apostolic church faithful to its Christian roots.Published 21 days ago by Earl Tessmer
The book is great when we finally got an intact copy. The delivery service is the worst -OntracPublished 1 month ago by Clinton E Stoutenburgh
the book has opened my eyes and made me feel like I was right there in the time of Peter.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
author gives a great perspective of the period of time incidents occur.
One of the best Catholic apologetic books I've read. If you are interested in reading about the early Church this book is a great place to start. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bookish1
I already had a copy and liked it so well that I purchased another as a gift.Published 3 months ago by Joann Cordova-Sanchez