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Early Christian Writings: The Apostolic Fathers (Classics)
"Some of the earliest Christian texts outside of the NT (see also the Odes of Solomon, the first Christian book of hymns)."
Irenaeus's "Demonstration of the Apostolic Preaching": A Theological Commentary and Translation
"The first Christian intellectual giant and a theologian well-suited for modern sensibilities."
Exhortation to the Greeks (Loeb Classical Library)
"The first person to truly marry classical pagan education with the Christian faith. The first book of three, intended to convert the heathens; books 2 and 3 then are to teach the fullness of the Way."
The Treatise on the Apostolic Tradition of St Hippolytus of Rome, Bishop and Martyr
"A very interesting book, concerning the rites and liturgy of the early Church."
Origen (ACW No. 26): The Song of Songs, Commentary and Homilies (Ancient Christian Writers)
"Maybe the first great Christian mystic classic. His most influential works though, are On first principles and Against Celsus."
Letters of St. Cyprian of Carthage, The, Vol. 1 (ACW No. 43): v. 1 (Ancient Christian Writers)
"First important Christian writer of letters. Also a staunch defender of both the equality of bishops AND the primacy of Peter."
The History of the Church (Penguin Classics)
"The history of the Church from its humble beginnings till right up to the first ecumenical council in 325. Some parts written before and during last great persecution."
Sayings of the Desert Fathers: The Alphabetical Collection (Cistercian Studies)
"One of several collections of sayings and acts of the first monks, who incidentally started the first revival as well! Antony the great, Pachomius, Macarius and others."
On the Incarnation
"The preface by CS Lewis makes this the edition to get. A must-read for the intellectual and a should-read for all christians. Profound, but not hard to read at all."
Works: v. 1 (Fathers of the Church Series)
"This excellent exposition on baptism and faith by the inventor of Holy Week is also available from Saint Vladimir's press."
On the Holy Spirit
"Solid proof that God is triune and that Christ and the Holy Ghost are both divine by nature. By one of the great intellectuals of the time."
On God and Christ: The Five Theological Orations and Two Letters to Cledonius (St. Vladimir's Seminary Press "popular patristics" series)
"Who said liberal theology is a recent invention? Neither is its refutatation. A brilliant piece of writing from Basil's best friend."
The Life of Moses (Classics of Western Spirituality Series)
"Brother of Basil and one of the great mystics of the Church. A must read, but don't forget On the soul and resurrection - heavily influenced by his sister Macrinas theological insights."
John Chrysostom (The Early Church Fathers)
"The greatest preacher ever? Maybe. Anything by this brilliant rhetor (who composed the main Eastern liturgy) is worthwhile reading for those who are prepared to find out the truth about themselves."
Theological and Dogmatic Works: 044 (Fathers of the Church Series)
"Considering the price, this might not be the book to get, but we just can't overlook the four great western doctors. Go look for free e-texts if you can't afford this hefty price."
The Confessions of St. Augustine (Signet Classics)
"The first autobiography proper and THE book to read by the greatest western theologian."
On Illustrious Men (Fathers of the Church Series)
"The first patrological textbook - written in 393! Jerome might be more known for the Vulgate Bible-translation, and his letters are well worth reading as well."
On the Unity of Christ
"The book which split christendom - twice. The tragic consequences of different interpretations of Cyril's theology are with us to this day."
Pseudo-Dionysius: The Complete Works (Classics of Western Spirituality)
"The complete works of the greatest christian mystic ever, who fused monophysite and neo-platonic ideas to form the splendid pinnacle of - orthodoxy!?"
The Life of Saint Benedict
"With Ambrose, Augustine and Jerome the fourth great western doctor. Check out the rule of Benedict too, while you're at it."
John Climacus (CWS): The Ladder of Divine Ascent (Classics of Western Spirituality Series)
"Together with Isaac the syrian of Nineveh the greatest of the post-Areopagite mystics of the Eastern Church"
Maximus the Confessor (CWS): Selected Writings (Classics of Western Spirituality Series)
"The last fifty years have seen the gradual rediscovery of the greatest theologian of the Eastern Church and his magnificent vision of man and cosmos redeemed in Christ."
On the Divine Images : Three Apologies Against Those Who Attack the Divine Images
"Written not only in defence of the icons, but in defence of the humanity of Christ and the goodness of creation."
Symeon the New Theologian (CWS): The Discourses (Classics of Western Spirituality Series)
"The third (and last?) given the honorary name of theologian by the Eastern Church (efter John the Evangelist and Gregory of Nazians), a great charismatic and revivalist."
Gregory Palamas (CWS): The Triads (Classics of Western Spirituality Series)
"I know it's yet another Easterner, but you just can't overlook the uncreated Light of Tabor."
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