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  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed edition (18 Sept. 1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192830090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192830098
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.2 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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the extracts are sufficiently numerous and full to give the authentic flavour of Tertullian or Origen or Irenaeus or Cyprian. Notes are provided where needed, and the introductions are full and up to date (Guardian)

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Henry Bettenson was an author and translator. His publications included Documents of the Christian Church (OUP).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. May on 5 Dec. 2008
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Quite simply, a superb collection of theological texts, sorted by author (basically up to Athanasius) and topic - Christ, Holy Spirit etc. Introduction is good, and so are (brief) notes. An invaluable theological taster. Should be bought!
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An interesting and well laid out introduction to the early writers of Christian history. It shows how the early Church fathers taught the basic Christian truths by topic as well as by person.
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A good sampling of the early church... 13 Jan. 2000
By David Bennett - Published on Amazon.com
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If I had to suggest one book that would give the best summary of major Christian thought development from the start until 350 AD, I would suggest this book. It has samples of writings from the likes of Justin Martyr and Athanasius, grouped by author and then sub-grouped by topic. Its an excellent summary.
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The Early Church Fathers--Sorted by Doctrine 21 Aug. 2007
By Jan Peczkis - Published on Amazon.com
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This book presents a wealth of information on the early Church. One distinguishing feature of it is that each Church father's writings are sorted according to doctrine. For instance, the writings of Clement include his statements on salvation as a free gift of God, independent of works (p. 30). This, of course, is said to have anticipated the sola fideo position of the Reformation.

Interestingly, Clement states that Christians should accept military service (p. 31). So does Tertullian (p. 156). This contradicts those who suggest that the early Christians were pacifists.

There is much discussion of the Sacraments. It appears that all of the Church fathers believed that the Holy Communion elements become the actual Body and Blood of Christ after consecration. Tertullian is no exception: His statement about the Eucharist being a "symbol" uses the latter term in a different sense than the way it is used today (p. 149). Moreover, allegorical approaches to the Eucharist do not ipso facto undermine the reality of the Real Presence.

The Fathers also believed that baptism washes away sins. However, Tertullian rejected infant baptism (p. 145).

Some of the Church fathers had rather unorthodox views. For instance, Origen believed in a form of universalism (p. 256). But universal salvation was not to be bestowed by God automatically: It followed long periods of punishment for its belated recipients.
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Helpful Compilation 11 Feb. 2011
By A. N. White - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been happy with this purchase and consider it a very helpful compilation of the Early Christian Fathers. The amount of work that went into this, compiling readings from various authors under subjects from their writings, etc, is remarkable. It is a nice introduction into that world of literature and especially useful for small group readings and discussions.
Wonderful!! 29 Mar. 2013
By E. John E. Crocker - Published on Amazon.com
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Absolutely great!! Being that I enjoy Church History, to hear the words of those that defended the orthodoxy of the Church, is wonderful!!
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very informative
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