Rediscovering the Church Fathers
Who they were and how they Shaped the Church
While the church today looks quite different than it did two thousand years ago, Christians share the same faith with the church fathers. Although separated by time and culture, we have much to learn from their lives and teaching.
This book is an organized and convenient introduction to how to read the church fathers from AD 100 to 500. Michael Haykin surveys the lives and teachings of seven of the Fathers, looking at their role in such issues as baptism, martyrdom, and the relationship between church and state. Ignatius, Cyprian, Basil of Caesarea, and Ambrose and others were foundational in the growth and purity of early Christianity, and their impact continues to shape the church today.
Evangelical readers interested in the historical roots of Christianity will find this to be a helpful introductory volume.
- Rediscovering the Church Fathers: A Vital Need for Evangelicals
- Dying for Christ: The Thought of Ignatius of Antioch
- Sharing the Truth: The Letter to Diognetus
- Interpreting the Scriptures: The Exegesis of Origen
- Being Kissed: The Eucharistic Piety of Cyprian and Ambrose
- Being Holy and Renouncing the World: The Experience of Basil of Caesarea
- Saving the Irish: The Mission of Patrick
- Walking with the Church Fathers: My First Steps on a Lifelong Journey
Appendix 1: Reading the Fathers: A Beginner’s Guide
Appendix 2: Reflections on Jaroslav Pelikan, The Emergence of the Catholic Tradition (100-600)
“Haykin has given us a user-friendly introduction to the early centuries of the Christian church. He illustrates the key elements of the church’s teaching by referring to the lives and teachings of major figures of the time, most of whom are little known to nonspecialists. Ordinary people need to know about these things, and this book is a great place to begin.”
— Gerald Bray, Research Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School
“This gem of a study sparkles with polished clarity. Michael Haykin has skillfully unearthed buried treasures among early church leaders. As an experienced guide, he has drawn from his own personal journey and decades of scholarly research. He presents valuable Patristic insights into apologetic engagement, missional work, spiritual formation, use of Scripture, theological discourse, communal worship, personal piety, and approaches to suffering and martyrdom. From the apostolic fathers to the apostle to Ireland, Haykin’s investigations masterfully apply classical wisdom to contemporary concerns.”
— Paul Hartog, Associate Professor, Faith Baptist Theological Seminary