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In 14 Book Corner on 2011/04/20 at 7:40 PM

THE TEACHING OF THE CHURCH FATHERS by John R. Willis, S. J. Foreword by Karl Keating.  Ignatius Press

If you want to know what the early Church Fathers had to say on theological questions, search no further.  This compact volume is arranged topically and logically.  Under each topic, you will find, in chronological order what each of the early Church Fathers had to say on that topic and with an attentive ear, you can hear each speak to you in his own words.

A former Congregational minister, John Willis became a Catholic in 1955 largely through reading the Fathers.  He  was the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston College and History professor.

Some of the Church Fathers quoted include: Ambrose, Athanasius, Augustine, Basil, Clement of Alexandria, Clement of Rome, Cyprian, Cyril of Alexandria, Cyril of Jerusalem, Eusebius of Caesarea, Gregory the Great, Gregory Nazianzen, Gregory of Nyssa, Hilary, Ignatius of Antioch, Ireneaus, Jerome, Chrysostom, Justin Martyr, Origen, Polycarp, Tertullian, Vincent of Lerins.

The major topics (containing numerous subdivisions)  are:

  1. Revealed Religion
  2. The Church
  3. Sacred Scripture and Tradition
  4. One God
  5. The Triune God
  6. Creation
  7. Sin
  8. Actual Grace
  9. Habitual Grace
  10. The Incarnate Word
  11. Mary, Mother of God and Virgin
  12. The Sacraments
  13. The Last Things
“The Fathers of the Church have been a vital source of wisdom and inspiration for countless saints, popes, peasants, and converts throughout the history of the Church. In this powerful one-volume library, Father Willis presents more than 250 selected doctrinal topics in an exhaustive selection of writings from the major sources of the Fathers. He lets the Fathers speak for themselves on a wide variety of spiritual themes.” Back cover comment
I have recommended this book to many Catholic women married to men of various Protestant denominations, and the wives have told me t the readings have been catalyst to worthwhile spiritual exchanges and comfort in an area of communications previously fraught with insecurity.
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