Catholic Answers Senior Apologist Jimmy Akin describes the turbulent times of the early Christian Church.
What Did Early Christians Really Believe?
The Answer Will Surprise and Amaze You!
The Fathers Know Best: Your Essential Guide to the Teachings of the Early Church is a unique resource that introduces you to the teachings of the first Christians in a way no other work can. It is specially designed to make it easy for you to find the information you want and need. Amazing features in this fact-packed book include: * More than 900 quotations from the writings of the early Church Fathers, as well as from rare and important documents dating back to the dawn of Christian history. * Mini-biographies of nearly 100 Fathers, as well as descriptions of dozens of key early councils and writings. * A concise history of the dramatic spread of Christianity after Jesus told his disciples to evangelize all nations. * Special maps showing you where the Fathers lived, including many little-known and long-vanished locations. * A guide to nearly 30 ancient heresies, many of which have returned to haunt the modern world. * The Fathers' teaching on nearly 50 topics, including modern hot-button issues like abortion, homosexuality, and divorce.
This groundbreaking work presents the teachings of the early Christians in a way unlike any other book. It flings open the doors of the crucial but little-known age covering the birth of Christianity and the triumphant march of the gospel throughout the ancient world.
"We are particularly blessed by this release of Jimmy Akin's superbly compiled synopsis of the writings of the early Church Fathers. There are other works, but Akin's finely selected and categorized collection provides a far more accessible introduction to the early Christians" —Marcus Grodi, President of The Coming Home Network and host of EWTN's The Journey Home.
Jimmy was born in Texas and raised in Arkansas. He grew up nominally Protestant but at age 20 experienced a profound conversion to Christ. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, he started an intensive study of the Bible, but the more he immersed himself in Scripture the more he found to support the Catholic faith. Eventually, he was compelled in conscience to enter the Catholic Church, which he did in 1992.
His conversion story, "A Triumph and a Tragedy," is published in Surprised by Truth. Jimmy is a Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a regular contributor to This Rock magazine, a weekly guest on "Catholic Answers Live," and the author of several titles including Mass Confusion: The Do's and Don'ts of Catholic Worship and The Salvation Controversy.