We hear the voices of the early Church Fathers even today. Their teachings, their guidance, their insights, and their sacrifice shaped the Catholic Church. They defined the canon of Scripture. They developed our creeds and forms of worship. They defined Christianity's distinctive moral sense.
But who were they? What can we learn from their ancient teachings? What can the Fathers teach the 21st century - about holiness, culture, faith, and the Gospel.
This is the definitive resource for anyone interested in learning about the Church Fathers and their legacy. Ideal for RCIA, catechists, clergy, as well as lay Catholics who want to learn more about the great teachers of early Christianity.
In this new and extensively updated Third Edition, you'll find:
- New! Twenty Church Fathers never before covered in this series
- Nearly 75 more pages of information on the early Church!
- New! Many poets of ancient Christianity, whose hymns we still sing today.
- An extensively revised introduction
- The Mothers of the Church and their impact
- Research-friendly references and citations, topical index, timeline, and detailed bibliography
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.
The standard popular introduction to the Fathers.... Reading this book, one grows more Catholic by the page. It will surely be a classic.
- Dr. Scott Hahn, Franciscan University
I am sure that the work will become a classic.
- Archimandrite Joseph Lee, Dominican House of Studies
Simply a great read ... a clear, compelling, accessible primer... I highly recommend it.
- Archbishop Charles Chaput, Philadelphia
A perceptive, well-written, and extremely useful introduction to the Church Fathers.
- Dr. Thomas Reeves, University of Wisconsin
Aquilina has made the Fathers accessible, interesting, and even fun.
- Russell Shaw, author
An ideal introduction to the early history of the Church.
- Homiletic and Pastoral Review