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.
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Places the Fathers in Context
Early Christians and their writings
Within the religious books to which I have listened, it is high. The book is enjoyable. The material is historical relevant. The author writes in a style that is easy to understand for the lay person, and the style translates well into the audio format. It is a book of early Christian history, written by a prolific and respected Catholic author.
The expositions on the Didache and the Apocrypha.
His tone is one of respect. There is never a hint of doubt or a hidden sneer behind his reading of the material, the quoted writings from the ancient Christians, or from the Bible. He stays true to the spirit of the material. A small hiccup: pronouncing Elaine Pagels as rhyming with "haggles" rather than "bagels". All-in-all, a solid narrator.
I had no extreme reaction. I enjoyed the the author's weaving of early church history and how to tie that into our own living Faith of today.
I wish that more of Mr. Aquilina's books were available on audible, especially "Mass of the Early Christians", "The Fathers of the Church", and his trilogy written with Cardinal Wuerl: "The Mass", "The Church" and "The Feasts".
- Mark Hommerding