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Theology of the First Millennium – 12 Free Classics!

Theology of First Millennium

This Reading Guide on the Theology of the First Millennium is a follow-up to our guide on the Theology of the Early Christians. The works it contains span basically the years 300-1000 C.E. We include works of practical theology, as well as a couple of historical works that highlight how theology developed in this era.

Here are twelve classics from the first millennium of the church that are available as FREE ebooks!

*** Some of these books are contained within the massive
Ante-Nicene / Post-Nicene Church Fathers series (37 vol)
($2.99 for Kindle or
FREE in 37 separate PDF’s via CCEL) 

On Holy Images

St. John of Damascus

St. John of Damascus was an Arab Christian monk and priest who lived from late 600 to late 700 C.E. He was a man of many talents, and did work in the fields of music, theology, law, and philosophy. This collection of his works includes three sermons he wrote and preached on icons in the church. The Iconoclastic Controversy (where some church members believed icons had become idols and should be removed from worship) came to a head in the eighth century, and St. John defended the use of icons in worship. This volume also includes three sermons St. John preached on the Assumption – the Catholic doctrine of Mary being taken up to heaven. St. John’s sermons are a revealing look into the icon controversy and the Assumption doctrine. Those interested in these ancient debates will enjoy his historical perspective.



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