While the church today looks quite different than it did two thousand years ago, Christians share the same faith in Jesus Christ with those who lived in the Patristic era of the church. Yet, all too often we forget the lessons, theological and moral, that the Fathers of the church have to teach us.
Rediscovering the Church Fathers is an organized and eminently readable introduction that prepares readers to engage with church fathers who lived from AD 100 to 500. Michael Haykin surveys the lives and teachings of several Fathers, outlining their respective roles in theological issues such as baptism, martyrdom, church-state relations. He also documents how their leadership affected the church and its mission in the world. Specific fathers covered in this book include:
Basil of Caesarea and Ambrose
Each father was foundational in the growth 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.