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)
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The Rule of St. Benedict
St. Benedict originally intended this text for use in monasteries. St. Benedict highlights the importance of peace, prayer, work, sacrifice, humility, frugality, and obedience. His guidelines are to aid those in the pursuit of godliness, and he shares how individuals should relate to each other, authority, and guests. St. Benedict explains the responsibilities of the Abbott, or community leader, in whose care rests the welfare of the community’s members. The Rule of St. Benedict provides tangible advice regarding how a community of Christians can cultivate contented souls that are modest and free from want. This book contains a thorough set of principles for those who wish to grow in God’s love by communally engaging in Christ-like disciplines.
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Reading for the Common Good
From ERB Editor Christopher Smith
"This book will inspire, motivate and challenge anyone who cares a whit about the written word, the world of ideas, the shape of our communities and the life of the church."
-Karen Swallow Prior
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