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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (November 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586170139
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586170134
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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By Alcuin Reid on January 13, 2008
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As ever when approaching one of Adrian Fortescue's works, prepare yourself for a treat. For in these pages we will travel extensively throughout the ancient Christian East, from Alexandria to Caesarea, from Constantinople to Jerusalem, to Alexandria again and thence to Damascus, "the real eternal city" in Fortescue's estimation.

We will be introduced as if in person to the great Greek Fathers of the fourth, fifth and eighth centuries of the Church's history: to the great Father of the Christological debates, St Athanasius; to St Basil, "one of the greatest of that younger generation of Catholic bishops who carried on the fight that Athanasius had fought and finally stamped out the Arian heresy." We will meet St Basil's dear friend, St Gregory Nazianzen, "the patron saint of people who do not want to be bishops," and St John Chrysostom, the "great model and patron of preachers." There are also two Saints Cyril to encounter: the first, of Jerusalem, who spent sixteen of the thirty five years of his episcopate in banishment, and the second, of Alexandria, the champion of the Mother of God against the Nestorian Heresy. Finally we will meet the eighth century St John of Damascus, the first of the Christian Aristotelians who lived his entire life under Muslim rule.

Through Fortescue's introductions we will learn Catholic theology by reliving the gritty events in which it was originally hammered out. We will see its champions suffer and at times take questionable paths. Yet we will also witness their fortitude and perseverance and glimpse in their struggles a tangible sanctity from which any age - not least our own - can learn very much indeed.

When at length we have travelled the East with Fortescue these Fathers will no longer be mere figures of early church history.
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Written from the turn of the 20th century, some of the comments are a bit dated, but the historical perspective and the modern edits to update commentary made it both eminently readable and worthwhile.
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Another great book by a great man.
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