'Everett Ferguson does indeed let early Christians speak. Equally important, he enables today's audience to hear. The book combines an extraordinary knowledge of the ancient authors with a remarkable sensitivity to the needs of the 21st-century readers. It provides ready access both to the pertinent texts and to the tools of scholarship needed for informed interpretation. Ferguson has produced a fine resource for college courses, church classes, and independent study.' - Rebecca Weaver, John Q. Dickinson Professor of Church History, Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, VA Slightly Imperfect.