In these firsthand accounts of the early church, the spirit of Pentecost burns with prophetic force through the fog enveloping the modern church. A clear and vibrant faith lives on in these writings, providing a guide for Christians today. Its stark simplicity and revolutionary fervor will stun those lulled by conventional Christianity.
In these firsthand accounts of the early church, the spirit of Pentecost burns with prophetic force through the fog enveloping the modern church. A clear and. To read the early Christians in their own words is to be confronted with a primal boldness and clarity that sweeps the horizon clean and forces us to take a new.
The Early Christians is a topically arranged collection of primary sources. Equally revealing material from pagan contemporaries - critics, detractors, and persecutors - is included as well. More filters.
Sort order. Jul 14, J. Ewbank rated it really liked it Shelves: a-good-read , religion , theology. I have long wanted to read the early Christian Fathers, but it seemed to be a very daunting task and one that I seemed to easily put off. However, this book allowed me to read many of the writings of the early Fathers without having to read a book or books by each one of them. The many quotations are not just short ones but some are longer in order to capaute the spirit and essence of the writing. I am really happy to have recived this book and to have taken the time to read it. Robert Ewbank I have long wanted to read the early Christian Fathers, but it seemed to be a very daunting task and one that I seemed to easily put off.
Jul 20, Don Hartley rated it it was amazing. Absolutely brilliant if you want a view of what the early Christians since apostolic and post apostolic times, believed and taught. These early Christians speak through their own testimony by the writings presented. There are also the testimonies of the enemies of the Christians such as Roman officials.
These testimonies are gleaned from letters of correspondence between these officials. Overall a 'goodread'. View 1 comment. Mar 31, Becks rated it really liked it. I started this book and got through a good chunk of it. It's one that you can easily pop in and out of. I'd like to finish it someday.
It's a compilation of historical accounts and texts from the early Christian church. Sep 09, Greg Williams rated it it was amazing. I really appreciated how the author let these early Christian writings speak for themselves. The first chapter is an introduction from the author and each chapter has additional endnotes to provide additional info about the setting of some of the quotations.
But by and large, he lets these early Christians speak without interjecting his own interpretation. I especially liked the chapter that contained sayings of Jesus that are not in the Bible but have been preserved in other writings. I had read some of these works in the past in a translation of the "Apostolic Fathers".
When I read those previously, the influence of the Sermon on the Mount on early Christian thought and practice came across powerfully. And it was the same with the quotations in this book. To be honest, I sometimes felt a little ashamed at my lack of devotion to my faith after reading some of these early Christian authors.
I think the Christian church today would do well to revisit the practices of the early church in the first hundred years after Christ, not necessarily to do things exactly how they did it, but instead as an inspiration to consider how we can change our practices to be more faithful to the teachings of Jesus.
It is therefore of historical value, though it pretends neither to completeness nor to the observance of due proportion in the treatment of the subject-matter. Politics: Rome was the hub of the Roman Empire, which made it the center of politics and government. It was the form of Christianity practiced in Rome that exercised the uniquely dominant influence over the development of orthodoxy  and acquired the majority of converts over time. Charlesworth , Raymond E. Publisher: Plough Publishing House , This explains why the apostle Paul was so eager to visit the Christians in Rome and provide additional leadership during their struggles:. Absolutely brilliant if you want a view of what the early Christians since apostolic and post apostolic times, believed and taught.
I believe this book is out-of-print, which is unfortunate. However, I was able to buy a used copy in good condition via Amazon. As should be obvious, I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in early Christian history. Nov 30, Jamie rated it really liked it. In sections devoted to worship, daily life, creeds, and prophetic sayings, Arnold explores the lives of early Christians from 50ADAD.
Each writing or saying is numbered and corresponds to notes that immediately follow the section. These notes are meant to give the reader more background information, but sometimes I felt that the notes assumed I knew what they were referring to and didn't make much sense to me. Still, the story of early Christians is fascinating.
Two things struck me the most In sections devoted to worship, daily life, creeds, and prophetic sayings, Arnold explores the lives of early Christians from 50ADAD. Two things struck me the most; first, how those first few generations simply sought to live in community like Jesus and his disciples and how this was interpreted as a threat by the Roman government. Several excerpts from court records are included in the first section of the book that are just amazing to read.
Second, how kind and just the simplicity of early life seemed and how this simplicity and equality began to fall apart as the church began to organize. Jones Classic Reading. Sportsman Holiday Seasons Coloring Books. Add To Cart. Store Number Powered by Squarespace.