POPE BENEDICT XVI
CHURCH FATHERS – From Clement of Rome to Augustine
The book presents the important figures of early Christianity in all their evangelical vitality, spiritual profoundity, and uncompromising love of God. It tells the true story of Christianity’s against-all-odds triumph in the face of fierce Roman hostility and persecution. It does this by exploring the lives and the ideas of the early Christian writers, pastors, and martyrs, men so important to the spread of Christianity that history remembers them as “the Fathers of the Church”. This rich and engrossing survey of the early Church includes those churchmen who immediately succeeded the Apostles, the “Apostolic Fathers”: Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyrs, and Irenaeus of Lyon. He also discusses such great Christian figures as Tertullin, Origen, Cyprian of Carthage, the Cappadocian Fathers, as well as the giants John Chrysostom, Jerome, and Augustine. This book is a wonderful way to get to know the Church Fathers and the tremendous spirituality rich patrimony they have bequeathed to us.