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« on: October 11, 2012, 03:14:16 PM »

So, everyone who has read some of the Church fathers has one, a favorite. Someone whose sermons speak to the heart, whose dogmatic writings are very claryifing, etc. So, who's your favorite Church father?

I'll start: mine is St. Gregory of Nyssa. He can be very funny, has great humility (just read de anima et resurrectione) and his allegorical exegesis always teaches you a lot and he dares to make some controversial statements at times. Plus him always being in the shadow of St. Basil and St. Gregory the Theologian earns him some sympathy as an underdog.
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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2012, 03:30:38 PM »

So, everyone who has read some of the Church Fathers has one, a favorite. Someone whose sermons speak to the heart, whose dogmatic writings are very claryifing, etc. So, who's your favorite Church Father?

I'll start: mine is St. Gregory of Nyssa. He can be very funny, has great humility (just read de anima et resurrectione) and his allegorical exegesis always teaches you a lot and he dares to make some controversial statements at times. Plus him always being in the shadow of St. Basil and St. Gregory the Theologian earns him some sympathy as an underdog.


How are we defining "Church Father?"
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2012, 03:31:49 PM »

So, who's your favorite Church Father?

God the Father.
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2012, 03:32:25 PM »

mine is John Calvin
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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2012, 03:36:01 PM »

So, everyone who has read some of the Church Fathers has one, a favorite. Someone whose sermons speak to the heart, whose dogmatic writings are very claryifing, etc. So, who's your favorite Church Father?

I'll start: mine is St. Gregory of Nyssa. He can be very funny, has great humility (just read de anima et resurrectione) and his allegorical exegesis always teaches you a lot and he dares to make some controversial statements at times. Plus him always being in the shadow of St. Basil and St. Gregory the Theologian earns him some sympathy as an underdog.


How are we defining "Church Father?"

An ecclesiastical writer from 100-~1000
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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2012, 03:38:29 PM »

St. Iraneus of Lyons
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2012, 03:46:17 PM »

St. Cyril of Jerusalem. Nowhere near as profilic as Ss. John Chrysostom, Basil the Great, any of the Gregories, etc. - all we have in terms of significant writings are his Catechetical Lectures - but I find I can nonetheless turn to him for an answer on pretty much everything.
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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2012, 04:17:33 PM »

St. John of Damascus
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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2012, 04:56:02 PM »

So, everyone who has read some of the Church Fathers has one, a favorite. Someone whose sermons speak to the heart, whose dogmatic writings are very claryifing, etc. So, who's your favorite Church Father?

I'll start: mine is St. Gregory of Nyssa. He can be very funny, has great humility (just read de anima et resurrectione) and his allegorical exegesis always teaches you a lot and he dares to make some controversial statements at times. Plus him always being in the shadow of St. Basil and St. Gregory the Theologian earns him some sympathy as an underdog.


How are we defining "Church Father?"

An ecclesiastical writer from 100-~1000

Then St. Isaac.
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« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2012, 05:20:10 PM »

St. Irenaeus of Lyons & St. Basil the Great.

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« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2012, 05:27:17 PM »

Origen rocks.
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« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2012, 06:05:58 PM »

St. John of Damascus

The same. Defender of the icons, the author of "An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith", Octoechos and my favourite hymn - the Paschal Canon. He's generally one of my favourite saints.
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« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2012, 06:09:39 PM »

St. Gregory the Theologian  Kiss
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« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2012, 07:01:39 PM »

St. Symeon the New Theologian and St. Ignaty (Ignatius) Brianchaninov.
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« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2012, 07:29:00 PM »

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« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2012, 08:06:44 PM »

I have a strong affection for St. Jerome, in all his curmudgeonly glory.
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« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2012, 08:31:58 PM »

I have a strong affection for St. Jerome, in all his curmudgeonly glory.

Me, too. His Commentary on the Psalms is among my favorites.
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« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2012, 08:41:52 PM »

I'd like a link to his commentary on the Psalms please.
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« Reply #18 on: October 11, 2012, 08:54:38 PM »

I'd like a link to his commentary on the Psalms please.

http://www.amazon.com/Homilies-1-59-Psalms-Fathers-Church/dp/0813213045/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1350003318&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=Jerome+Homilies+on+the+Psalms

This is the only translation that is available in English.
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« Reply #19 on: October 11, 2012, 10:34:17 PM »

Oh, this is a hard one!

Of the Three Holy Hierarchs, I have to pick St. Gregory, and he's probably my favorite out of the Cappadocian Fathers, too.

When it comes to monastic literature, though, I think I have to say St. Ephriam the Syrian. I absolutely love his Spiritual Psalter. Also, St. John Cassian, whose Institutes dwarf the "Institutes" written by another certain "John" several centuries later. Wink
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« Reply #20 on: October 11, 2012, 10:36:15 PM »

Oh, this is a hard one!

Of the Three Holy Hierarchs, I have to pick St. Gregory, and he's probably my favorite out of the Cappadocian Fathers, too.

When it comes to monastic literature, though, I think I have to say St. Ephriam the Syrian. I absolutely love his Spiritual Psalter. Also, St. John Cassian, whose Institutes dwarf the "Institutes" written by another certain "John" several centuries later. Wink

WB Benjamin. Link me to a site where I can buy the Spiritual Psalter.

Thanks for the link Levsky.
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No problem, Achronos.
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« Reply #22 on: October 12, 2012, 12:30:47 AM »

Oh, this is a hard one!

Of the Three Holy Hierarchs, I have to pick St. Gregory, and he's probably my favorite out of the Cappadocian Fathers, too.

When it comes to monastic literature, though, I think I have to say St. Ephriam the Syrian. I absolutely love his Spiritual Psalter. Also, St. John Cassian, whose Institutes dwarf the "Institutes" written by another certain "John" several centuries later. Wink

WB Benjamin. Link me to a site where I can buy the Spiritual Psalter.

Thanks for the link Levsky.

Thanks!

You can order the Spiritual Psalter from Holy Cross Monastery, right here, or from Archangels Books here.

It is published by St. John of Kronstadt Press.
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« Reply #23 on: October 12, 2012, 12:58:27 AM »

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St. Augustine of Hippo because of his Confessions. I could care less for his theology though.
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« Reply #24 on: October 12, 2012, 06:29:22 AM »

Origen rocks.

Origen is nuts and without a nut.
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I could care less for his theology though.

Why not? Confessions is all about theology too.
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