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Ante-Nicene Fathers. Volume 4. Fathers of the Third Century: Tertullian,…

by Alexander Roberts, A. Cleveland Coxe (Editor), James Donaldson (Editor)

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Although the entire Ante-Nicene Fathers series is terrific and a must-own/must-read for anyone with more than a passing interest in early Christianity and the Church Fathers, this volume in particular is a gem. It is filled from beginning to end with some of the most fascinating works of two of the most fascinating figures of early Christianity, Tertullian and Origen, as well as the lesser-known but nonetheless very interesting Minucius Felix. The book begins with the final portion of Tertullian's works and we watch, with sadness and simultaneous captivation, as he completes his downward spiral into heresy. We then are treated to a record of a wonderful conversation between a Christian and a pagan, and we watch as the latter comes to embrace Christ. Finally, we receive the greatest reward of all: Origen's amazing treatment of Scriptural exegesis and of the "hard questions" of Christian Faith in his "First Principles" and his absorbing answer to Celsus. A pure delight throughout. ( )
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"One of the first great events in Christian history was the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, convened to organize Christian sects and beliefs into a unified doctrine. The great Christian clergymen who wrote before this famous event are referred to as the Ante-Nicenes and the Apostolic Fathers, and their writings are collected here in a ten-volume set. The Ante-Nicenes lived so close to the time of Christ that their interpretations of the New Testament are considered more authentic than modern voices. But they are also real and flawed men, who are more like their fellow Christians than they are like the Apostles, making their words echo in the ears of spiritual seekers. In Volume IV of the 10-volume collected works of the Ante-Nicenes first published between 1885 and 1896, readers will find the writings of: ¿ Tertullian, a Christian apologist and influential Latin Christian thinker ¿ Minucius Felix, known for his dialog Octavius ¿ Commodianus, a Latin poet who converted to Christianity ¿ Origen, a prolific writer and theologian."

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