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Offline MsGuided

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Speaking of summer reading...
« on: April 27, 2004, 07:32:35 PM »
What are your opinions on Eusebius' The History of the Church?  I must admit I haven't read practically anything except one or two catholic books (The Faith of Millions as one). I just figured, well this was before all that schism drama, so why not ::)

I've been advised not to read this as one of my firsts, but I'm just wondering what you more-learned-than-I folk think about it  ;)

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Re:Speaking of summer reading...
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2004, 10:52:58 PM »
You should read it. It's good, and it's the oldest Church history we have, much of it based on the even older (2nd century) history of Hegesippus, as I recall, which was lost, sadly.
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Re:Speaking of summer reading...
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2004, 05:37:53 PM »
I'm re- reading The Heart Of The Desert  by Fr. Chryssvagis.
I don't have the book here but I think the spelling is right.
It is a good intro ,with commentary, to the desert fathers.
It is an easy read and his love of the subject comes through
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I'm re- reading The Heart Of The Desert  by Fr. Chryssvagis.
I don't have the book here but I think the spelling is right.
   Actualy it is spelt Chryssavgis, first name ,John
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Re:Speaking of summer reading...
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2004, 01:36:21 PM »
I'm reading Ecclesiastical History by Eusebius at this moment. (well, not literally of course ;) I think, like all histories, it should be double-checked and nothing should be taken as a proof-text for something (history is a story, after all, and not a precise theological treatise). But by-in-large, I think it does a very good job at discussing the early Church.

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Re:Speaking of summer reading...
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2004, 10:56:18 PM »
Thanks guys!

I guess I'll give it a try this summer, heres hoping I get the time  :-";"xx
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Re:Speaking of summer reading...
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2004, 11:39:15 PM »
Kim,

Also, for another classic that is spiritually profitable but not too in depth theologically, I heartily reccomend The Sayings of the Desert Fathers.  Not to say that you can't handle something of theological depth, but rather that it makes for perfect summer reading.
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Re:Speaking of summer reading...
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2004, 08:11:28 PM »
Kim,

Also, for another classic that is spiritually profitable but not too in depth theologically, I heartily reccomend The Sayings of the Desert Fathers.  Not to say that you can't handle something of theological depth, but rather that it makes for perfect summer reading.

Along those same lines, another good old book is St. Athanasius' Life of Anthony.

It's a quick read but super.

I loved it.  ;D
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