THE WISDOM OF THE FATHERS by Erik Routley

THE WISDOM OF THE FATHERS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A small book which should prove to be of extraordinary usefulness to the serious students of the development of Christian thought. The early church fathers are too often thought of as antiquarians whose religious problems were chiefly concerned with their own age. Dr. Erik Routley, an English Congregational clergyman and scholar, leads his readers to a surprised awareness that such is far from being the case. The main questions in Christian faith and practice which are alive today were alive when the Church fathers were writing and Dr. Routley's fresh translation of examples from their writings make the writers seem almost contemporary. Orig considers the problem, How shall we read the Bible? Clement tells how knowledge and education are related to individual faith. Augustine deals with the question concerning the place of free will in God's plan for man. Athanasius, Cyprian, and John of Danascus also make timely contributions. Clergy and alert laymen will find this book a stimulating goldmine.

Pub Date: April 14th, 1958
Publisher: Westminster