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Early Christian Fathers by Cyril Charles Richardson
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Jun 10, 12

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bookshelves: classic, gentle-cynicism, pastoral-care, religious-studies, theology
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The texts of the early church fathers are a must for critical thinking for understanding the church prior to Constantine, when in my estimation the church went sour. Of course there have always been those who have committed themselves to the reality that "Jesus is Lord" over and against the prevailing Empire. Even today living in an American Empire with the predominate "Christian" holding co-allegiance, a mixture of clay and iron ("christian" and nation-state) [see Didache, The "two Ways"], these sources inform those who seek to be faithful and follow the fully-human one and the Way and cultivate practices that are sustained by virtues which make it possible to overcome adversity from the wider world of powers which appear as illusions, temptations, dangers, hardships, and distractions [see "Letters in Crisis"].

In the words of the editor, "The dominant interest of the second century Church was the ordering of its life and teaching . . . to preserve the Apostolic witness . . . to maintain it against persecution . . . to ensure perpetuity of the faith, the church built up a closely knit organization which was uncompromising toward heresy and schism as it was toward the demands of the State." - Cyril C. Richardson, TH.D, D.D.

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