Augustine. Tertullian. Origen. These early church fathers may sound vaguely familiar, but what impact do their beliefs have on Christians today? Moody scholar Litfin takes a look at 10 of the church's founders---probing their personalities, debunking centuries of misconceptions, and demonstrating their deep concern for preserving the core tenets of the Christian faith. 304 pages, softcover from Brazos.
Augustine. Tertullian. Origen. For too many Christians such names are abstract, one-dimensional legends, innocuous voices from antiquity no longer relevant to modern needs and concerns. However, a closer look at these church fathers reveals writers whose reflections on the apostolic teachings edify all generations of believers. Bryan Liftin helps readers understand the fathers as individuals who cared deeply about preserving the core tenets of the Christian faith, and debunks misconceptions about their religious status and treatment of Scripture. An unveiling of these ten personalities demonstrates how much the fathers can teach us about the doctrines of our faith and the enduring community of which we are a part.
Bryan M. Litfin (PhD, University of Virginia) is professor of theology at Moody Bible Institute.
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