Getting to know the Church Fathers means getting to know our own roots. It means knowing more deeply who we are as we learn more and more about who they are. The early Christians are our ancestors, our common genealogy, our family. When we look to our roots, what do we see? That’s what Mike Aquilina shows you in this book.
The Fathers managed to pull off an amazing achievement. They converted the pagan world in a mere two and a half centuries. They did it without any resources, without any social or political power. They did it with the most primitive communications media. Yet their Church sustained a steady growth rate of 40 percent per decade over the course of those centuries. Maybe there’s something we can learn from them.
This book is a journey into that world, a tour where your guides are the Fathers.
Mike is author or editor of more than a dozen books on Catholic history, doctrine, and devotion. He is vice president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology based in Steubenville, Ohio.
Mike is co-host, with Scott Hahn, of “The Lamb’s Supper” (2001), “Hail, Holy Queen” (2002), “First Comes Love” (2003), “Lord, Have Mercy” (2004), and “Swear to God” (2005) — all airing on EWTN. He also appears regularly as a panelist on “The Weekly Roman Observer,” broadcast by Catholic Familyland Network.
Mike’s career in publishing spans two decades, and hundreds of his articles have appeared in many periodicals and journals in the United States and abroad.
Aquilina has made a vocation and career out of ... singlehandedly popularizing patristics.
- Dr. John Grondelski, National Catholic Register
Mike Aquilina shows us in detail how the Fathers ran with the Gospel, to our eternal benefit. They taught the faith with extraordinary wisdom and insight-and a superb sense of how the truths they were teaching worked in real life.
- David Mills, executive editor, First Things
Mike Aquilina has staked a pretty good claim to being the unofficial family historian of the Catholic Church. In these vivid essays he brings us face to face with our Fathers, and they show us who we are.
- David Scott, author of The Catholic Passion