The Church Fathers—great leaders of the first 400 years of the Church—were our first theologians and pastors. And far from being dry or boring, their writings are a vibrant wellspring of wisdom, knowledge, and truth.
These giants of the early Christian faith remain some of the most authoritative men in all of Church history. Their writings may be centuries old, but their truths are timeless and applicable.
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One of these is Confessions, by St. Augustine. In Book Twelve, chapter one, St. Augustine concedes the weakness of human faith when he writes:
IN THIS POOR LIFE of mine, my heart, struck by the words of Thy Holy Scripture, is puzzling over many things, Lord. So, oftentimes, the poverty of human understanding is expressed in rich talk. For, inquiry talks more than discovery; petition is longer than the final concession; and busier is the hand that knocks than the hand that takes. We have the promise: who shall break it? ‘If God is for us, who is against us?’ ‘Ask and you shall receive:’2 ‘Seek and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives, and he who seeks, finds, and to him who knocks, it shall be opened.’ They are Thy promises, and who need fear falling into error, when Truth makes a promise?
You can also get individual volumes from John Chrysostom, Origen, Justin Martyr, Jerome, Cyril of Alexandria, and more. All of them shaped how we understand the Scriptures and live out the Christian life. They thoughtfully and prayerfully addressed issues we still address today—such as how to live holy lives in a secular world, how to build a healthy church, and how to engage the community around us. As such, their works belong in every Christian library, and especially those of teachers and leaders.
Allow their writings to illuminate the depths of Scripture, strengthen your study of the Bible, and increase your understanding of the Church. In the Verbum editions, these volumes are enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for.
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Augustine of Hippo. (1953). Confessions. (R.J. Deferrari, Ed., V.J. Bourke, Trans.) (Vol. 21, p. 367). Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press.