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Free When the Church Was Young kindle î eBook ¿ Join or create book clubs Í ❮Download❯ ✤ When the Church Was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers Author Join or create book clubs – If the word trinity isn't in Scripture why is it such an important part oEse brilliant embattled and sometimes eccentric men defined the biblical canon hammered out the Creed and gave us our understanding of sacraments and salvation It is they who preserved the rich legacy of the early Church for us Scholarly content but clearly attractively written and easy to follow

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Hurch Fathers provide the answers Marcellino D'Ambrosio dusts off what might have been just dry theology to bring you the exciting stories of great heroes such as Ambrose Augustine Basil Athanasius John Chrysostom and Jerome Th As someone who is theologically trained and a PresbyterianI thoroughly enjoyed this book The author has an easy writing style and a gift for making complex ideas readily understood He brought the characters to life delightfully Yesthere is Roman Catholic apology involved but it never discolors the presentation A beginner or a student will enjoy this book as much as someone well versed in theology and Church history

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When the Church Was Young Voices of the Early FathersIf the word trinity isn't in Scripture why is it such an important part of our faith? And if the Bible can be interpreted in many ways how do we know what to make of it? And who decided what should be in the Bible anyway? The C When the Church was young is a very readable book The chapters are succinct and well structured It reads very smoothly I found the historical synopses of the author very interesting and well articulated understandable but also parochial The author is Catholic and follows the dogma of this church Some of his well articulated views are simply unsupported Roman church dogma I am not saying this to try to pick a fight Marcellino repeats Roman church positions in the course of his reflections on history and these are not problematic if the reader understands where they come from and understands that they are not all commonly agreed with But for the uninformed they are misleading and logic leaps that will not further the persons education Lastly this books suffers as most church history texts do The author can only laud the decisions of the past and the people that made them in spite of where these decisions lead to or how they in spite of the best of intentions create significant damage a generation or two later One of the most significant failings of the early church fathers was their inability and unwillingness to embrace mystery as a part of our relationship with God Thus they find it impossible to not help God out So decisions like Apostolic succession and monarchical episcopacy may have appeared appropriate at the time because of circumstances but they are disastrous theologically and spiritually This is of course the view of a Protestant and not a Roman CatholicWhile I find this a flawed history there is a great deal of very well researched well written material in it and I agree that it is an important read for the well informed Thank you MarcellinoThis is an updateI also teach church history I find it impossible to not apply commentary to the way I teach it But there is a difference between adding commentary and distorting facts Marcellino closes his chapter on the council of Nicea by suggesting that with the pronouncements of the council and the excommunication of Arius Eusebius and a few others that in his words it was Case closed It was anything but case closed historically and the lack of closure continues to reverberate to this day This is both a theological issue as well as a historical one It may have been case closed theologically for those who would remain Trinitarian but for most of the Christians of the eastern Mediterranean it was never a closed issue The rise of Arab Christianity and later Islam is an indicator of just how not Case closed it was As a historical treatment of the issues this is a cavalier and false twisting of facts and realityOne of the most important aspects of historical study is the way it informs why current reality is so and how and why it may have developed the way it did While I would have to say that the theological outcome of the Council of Nicaea was likely correct the process was enormously flawed as is this books treatment of it