As Christianity becomes less dominant in Western culture, we will increasingly have much to learn from the theology of the early Christians, who lived and bore witness to Christ in an empire they didn’t control.
If you need to be convinced of the relevance of the early Christians for today, I highly recommend Alan Kreider’s book The Patient Ferment of the Early Church. If, on the other hand, you want to immerse yourself in early Christian theology, here are ten classic from the first four centuries of the church that are available as FREE ebooks!
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For long, Origen was studied for his philosophical and theological ideas mainly. Recently, however, much work has been done to investigate his spirituality. Of the treatise on Prayer, Westcott has written, “No writing of Origen is more free from his characteristic faults or more full of beautiful thoughts.” It is not merely a treatise on prayer, it is a prayer itself. For the spirit of Origen, which as Erasmus says is everywhere aflame, is burning here with such intensity as to make it impossible for the reader to remain untouched.
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