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Getting to Know the Church Fathers: An Evangelical Introduction
Litfin, Bryan M.

Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007 pp. 301. $22.99


Description: Many evangelical Christians know very little about the early church fathers. Others have heard just enough to be suspicious of them and their treatment of Scripture. Still others are becoming interested in this neglected but significant community of believers. In Getting to Know the Church Fathers, patristics scholar Bryan Litfin introduces readers to ten ancient Christians and dispels the misconceptions that have tainted many evangelicals' view of them. Litfin's personal and accessible approach to the church fathers--including Augustine, Ignatius, Origen, Perpetua, and Tertullian--reveals the riches of the Christian tradition and how much Christians today have been shaped by them in the ways we worship, pray, study Scripture, and live as a community. Each chapter tells the story of one figure's life and work, and concludes with probing questions for discussion or reflection, guides to further reading, and a fresh, vivid translation from the church father's original writings. The book is ideal for students, professors, church groups, and others seeking to learn more about historic, orthodox Christianity.

Subjects: Early Christian Literature, Literature


Review by H. H. Drake Williams III
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Published 5/23/2009
Citation: H. H. Drake Williams III, review of Bryan M. Litfin, Getting to Know the Church Fathers: An Evangelical Introduction, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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