The Early Christian FathersThe Early Christian Fathers
Henry Bettenson

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The authors represented in this volume, first published in 1956, are the principal writers of the Church in the Roman Empire from the period immediately after the New Testament down to the age of Constantine and the Council of Nicaea (AD 325). They include St. Ignatius of Antioch, St. Justin, Tertullian, St. Ireneaus, St Clement of Alexandra, Origen, St. Cyprian, and St. Athanasius. Please note that this edition does not contain all of the works of the Early Church Fathers, only select passages;Bettenson has selected passages to display as full as possible the thought of the early Fathers, especially on great doctrinal themes, and he has translated them with brief annotation when necessary.

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Clemens Romanus (Clement of Rome)

I. The Person and Work of Christ
II. Sanctification--Justification
III. The Holy Spirit and the Trinity
IV. The Church and Ministry
V. Liturgy
VI. Eschatology
VII. The Christian Life
VIII. Scripture and Gospel
IX. Peter and Paul, Apostles and Martyrs


I. To the Ephesians
II. To the Megnesians
III. To the Trallains
IV. To the Romans
V. To the Philadelphians
VI. To the Smyrnaeans

The Teaching of the Apostles (The Didache)

The Worship and Ministry of the ChurchP> The Epistle to Diognetus

Justinius (Justin Martyr)

The Defence and Explanation of Christian Faith and Practice


I. God
II. Man
III. Christ and his Incarnation
IV. The Atonement
V. The Holy Spirit
VI. The Trinity
VII. The Church
VIII. The Sacraments
IX. The Resurrection
X. Faith and Revelation
XI. Natural Religion
XII. The Conclusion

Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus (Tertullian)

I. God
II. Man
III. The Incarnation
IV. The Atonement
V. The Holy Spirit
VI. The Trinity
VII. The Church
VIII. The Sacraments
IX. The Ministry
X. The Discipline of the Church
XI. The Last Things
XII. Apologetics

Titus Flavius Clemens Alexandrinus (Clement of Alexandria)

I. Alexandria Allegorism: The Christian Gnostic
II. God the Father
III. God the Son
IV. The Trinity
V. Man
VI. The Work of Christ
VII. The Church
VIII. Sacraments
IX. The Last Things

Origenes Adamantius (Origen)

I. God
II. The Origin of Evil
III. Providence
IV. Man
V. Sin
VI. The Incarnation
VII. The Atonement
VIII. The Holy Spirit
IX. The Trinity
X. The Church
XI. The Sacraments
XII. The Discipline of the Church
XIII. The Last Things
XIV. Miscellaneous

Thascius Caecilius Cyprianus (Cyprian)

I. The Church and Ministry
II. Christian Initiation
III. The Eucharist
IV. The New Life in the Spirit


I. God and Man
II. God the Son
III. The Work of Christ
IV. The Holy Spirit and the Trinity
V. The Eucharist

Appendix: List of Works cited