Sunday, August 21, 2011

Book: "A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs"

TITLE: A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs
EDITED: David W. Bercot
PUBLISHER: Peabody, Mass: Hendrickson Publishers, 1998.
A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs

This is a gem of a find. In one volume, one can browse throw centuries of wisdom and insights from the Church fathers, giving views on theology, faith, beliefs, traditions on all kinds of topics from A-Z. These early Fathers are not displaying their theological prowess to boast their knowledge. Instead, the common emphasis is to explain doctrine and knowledge as clearly and as simply as possible to the layperson. It is a shame if such rich teachings are relegated only to biblical scholars and academic persons. This is why this book is such a welcome to Christian literature.

The early fathers assert that the Christian faith is a simple one. In contrast, modern believers tend to think that faith is complicated, and that only theologians know them. This book is compiled from the writings of the Ante-Nicene fathers, a pre-Nicene set of writings by people such as Alexander of Alexandria (d. 328), Clement of Alexandria (c. 150-215), Cyprian (d. 258), Hippolytus (c. 170-236), Ignatius (c. 35-107), Irenaeus (c. 130-200), Justin Martyr (c. 100-165), Tertullian (c. 160-230).

The reader will find the conveniently collected insights so refreshing, that one learns to appreciate the teachings of the early fathers more.

Great book for reference.


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