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« on: March 13, 2012, 09:46:21 PM »

Greetings! This is my first post. I want to read the early church fathers. Can someone point me in the right direction?
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« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2012, 10:04:50 PM »

this is a decent link:

http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/christian-history.html

i recommend starting with the letters of St. Ignatius.
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« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2012, 11:53:35 PM »

this is a decent link:

http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/christian-history.html

i recommend starting with the letters of St. Ignatius.

Any reasons? (Of course I mean, why do you think they are a good starting place.)
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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2012, 12:15:56 AM »

this is a decent link:

http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/christian-history.html

i recommend starting with the letters of St. Ignatius.

Any reasons? (Of course I mean, why do you think they are a good starting place.)

which do you recommend starting with? I think his letters are foundational to the faith.
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« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2012, 12:18:33 AM »

this is a decent link:

http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/christian-history.html

i recommend starting with the letters of St. Ignatius.

Any reasons? (Of course I mean, why do you think they are a good starting place.)

which do you recommend starting with? I think his letters are foundational to the faith.

I have none. I thought you might have rather specific reasons.

Frankly, I think most would do well to read St. Paul over and over and over. Outside of that, I don't have enough experience nor any experience guiding others to have an informed opinion.
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« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2012, 12:23:59 AM »

this is a decent link:

http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/christian-history.html

i recommend starting with the letters of St. Ignatius.

Any reasons? (Of course I mean, why do you think they are a good starting place.)

which do you recommend starting with? I think his letters are foundational to the faith.

I have none. I thought you might have rather specific reasons.

Frankly, I think most would do well to read St. Paul over and over and over. Outside of that, I don't have enough experience nor any experience guiding others to have an informed opinion.

Well, Ignatius letters are close to the source also, the only other closer being Clemente and Didache (which isn't ECF material), I believe. I think he establishes very important points, like the role of the bishops, and their relationship with the laity.

edit: btw here is an audio version of Ignatius' 7 letters Smiley

http://www.archive.org/details/IgntPolycarp
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« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2012, 12:34:13 AM »

this is a decent link:

http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/christian-history.html

i recommend starting with the letters of St. Ignatius.

Any reasons? (Of course I mean, why do you think they are a good starting place.)

which do you recommend starting with? I think his letters are foundational to the faith.

I have none. I thought you might have rather specific reasons.

Frankly, I think most would do well to read St. Paul over and over and over. Outside of that, I don't have enough experience nor any experience guiding others to have an informed opinion.

Well, Ignatius letters are close to the source also, the only other closer being Clemente and Didache (which isn't ECF material), I believe. I think he establishes very important points, like the role of the bishops, and their relationship with the laity.

edit: btw here is an audio version of Ignatius' 7 letters Smiley

http://www.archive.org/details/IgntPolycarp

Nice.
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« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2012, 12:52:31 AM »

Greetings! This is my first post. I want to read the early church fathers. Can someone point me in the right direction?

Louth is readable:
http://books.google.com/books?id=hh5U4Bfl3owC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false
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« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2012, 01:04:26 AM »

This is where I got my copies of the early Church Fathers, it's a decent site and has an area where you can download a program that will bring up the PDF's for you to read.
http://ecmarsh.com/fathers/index.html
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« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2012, 01:08:07 AM »

This is where I got my copies of the early Church Fathers, it's a decent site and has an area where you can download a program that will bring up the PDF's for you to read.
http://ecmarsh.com/fathers/index.html


very nice... Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2012, 04:57:22 AM »

Desert Fathers with intro by Metropolitan Anthony:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Sayings-Desert-Fathers-Alphabetical/dp/0879079592/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1331715598&sr=1-1
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« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2012, 05:23:42 AM »

Early Church Fathers @ CCEL.org
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« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2012, 09:36:29 AM »

I got started by listening to this series of podcasts. It required minimal effort to find out about some of the Fathers who piqued my interest. You may find it helpful.
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