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.
©2012 Mike Aquilina (P)2013 Mike Aquilina
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"Places the Fathers in Context"
This is a shorter book that is a more historical description of early Christians and the challenges they faced as opposed to early church theology. I found it complimentary to "When the Church Was Young".
You will not learn a great deal on any church father, but what you know about the early church fathers will be enriched by understanding them in a deeper historical 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".
"More about the Fathers with less sermon"
Not really time well spent. I wanted information about the "Fathers" of the church; I feel that I could have gotten much more from a book that focused on the Fathers.
The sermon and reading list of the last two sessions had little to do with the Fathers.
"I learned something "
I really didn't know what the book was about or if I would enjoy. Well, I did. This book has a lot to offer. Go ahead and read it multiple times so that you can get the most out of it.
"Like a really long homily with no proof"
I will definitely listen to the sample first. His performance here wasn't too hot, kind of dry and preachy-sounding.
The author clearly respects the Church Fathers and wishes to pass on his excitement to others.
I wanted a book that described the Church Fathers, gave me (as detailed as possible) stories of their lives, and gave me extensive quotes from their writings. Instead, Aquilina glosses over the actual details and does a lot of comparing of the faith of the Church Fathers with the general apathy of many in the Church today... which isn't very helpful, because he doesn't go in-depth into their lives or writings, so not much of a comparison can be made. Aquilina comes across as preachy instead of descriptive. Not what I was looking for.
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