Patristics means “the study of the Church Fathers.” The purpose of this site is to provide valuable resources for Christians of all traditions.
Whether you are Orthodox, Catholic or Protestant, you will find this site to be an asset to your studies of ancient Christendom, while simultaneously
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Many people struggle with reading archaic sentence structure. Our English versions are carefully worded to provide the most relevant understanding of ancient texts.
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The canon of scripture has been a controversial topic ever since the Protestant Reformation, which is largely responsible for why it is a popular subject today. The dispute was between the Roman Catholics and Protestants. The Roman Catholics believed in the books of the Old Testament found exclusively in the traditional Greek Septuagint (called “Deuterocanon” […]
St. Nilus of Ancyna: Who Was He?  Similar to a host of the writers from the patristic era, Nilus’ character is cloaked in hagiographic material making it difficult to remove the fictional overcoat, in order to get at the core of his identity. In other words, the task of reconstructing his life is difficult […]
Introduction During a consultation meeting of the World Council of Churches in 1972, a then-mostly-unknown Taiwanese man addressed the large crowd from the podium and uttered one word that would be added to the missiological lexicon for generations to come. That word was “contextualization” and that man was Shoki Coe. Coe’s word-bomb would change the […]
“Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same nature, that through death he might destroy him who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong bondage.” (Heb 2:14-15) The “Penal Substitutionary Atonement” model may […]
"People sometimes say: ‘What is the value of studying patristics? It is all so long ago and all so alien to the modern mind.’ Some of these doubters are just averse to reading and remain content with ‘Vogue’ or the ‘Daily Post’ to give them their intellectual formation; but others are more serious critics, they have the coal dust of the intellectual miner all over their faces; they have quarried long and hard, and worked the surface underground before rising back up to common discourse, and they worry about relevance. And so I consider their question: and then I think of the Fathers, who equally were great quarrymen and crushers of intellectual stone, but worked consistently with diamonds and precious gems, and when they came out into the light of day to converse with the men and women of their era they donned the elegant costume of rhetoric but still had the luminous dust of diamonds clinging to their face, and making all they touched glitter. I have read many theological works more than once, but very few indeed, to tell the truth, bear a second reading and even fewer a third. But I have never found either the Gospels or the great Church Fathers to be ever less than an inexhaustible source of freshness whenever I have picked them up, time after time. To me it is a sign of deep and inspired grace."
"Reading the early Fathers is the best way to acquire the mind of the early Church."
"Having the writings of the Fathers so easily accessible is a great blessing to all who seek wisdom from the inspired writings of the saints."