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Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers Series 2
 
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Over 12000 pages in 14 volumes of gripping and absorbing Church History, the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers Series 2 Set is a monumental collection of theological and spiritual prose edited by Philip Schaff that completes the Fathers Set. It unravels the history of the church and the mystique of the meditative life. Spanning the 4th to 8th century, this compilation is rich with treatises, exegeses, hymns, canons and decrees of the Church Fathers that continue to inspire the church against present day heresies! A jewel of great worth!  

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Church History
By Eusebius

In his Church History or Ecclesiastical History, Eusebius recoded the first surviving history of the Christian Church as a chronologically-ordered account, supported by earlier sources, from the period of the Apostles to his own epoch. He also edited a collection of martyrdoms of the earlier period and a biography of Pamphilus. Besides these he also wrote commentaries on some Biblical books, treatises to Biblical archeology and letters to individuals.
 
Church History
By Socrates

This Greek Christian church historian purposed to continue the work of Eusebius of Caesarea. In simple Greek he revealed the Church’s experiences from the days of Constantine until his own time. In a well-balanced account, Socrates underlines the ecclesiastical dissensions that occupied the Church at peace! He also discusses the heresy of Arianism and political events!
 
Church History
By Sozomenus

Distinguished historian of the Christian church, only the second of his two works on church history has survived till today. It is structured into nine books, roughly arranged along the reigns of the Roman Emperors. His first work includes the history of the Church, from the Ascension of Christ Jesus to the defeat of Licinius in 323, in twelve books.
 
Historical Writings
By Theodoret

A highly influential author and theologian, and the Christian bishop of Cyrrhus, Syria, his exegetical writings are in existence even today. Although he too writes about rise of Arianism, his most valuable contributions are his numerous letters, exegeses and commentaries.
 
Historical Writings
By Jerome and Gennadius

Gennadios was a presbyter at Constantinople. He celebrated a great council of eighty-one bishops, from the East and even as far off as Egypt, against the buying and selling of holy orders! He was a remarkable and successful administrator, greatly respected by historians.
 
Historical Writings
By Rufinus and Jerome

Monk, historian, and theologian, he is best known as a translator of Greek patristic material into Latin, particularly the work of Origen.
 
Select Writings and Letters
By Athanasius

A much revered theologian, bishop of Alexandria, and leader of the 4th century, Athanasius was famous for his defense of the deity of Christ against Arius and his followers at the First Council of Nicea. His works, such as “Apology Against the Arians” and “The Incarnation of the Word of God”, were pivotal in the development of later doctrines on the Trinity and are some of the first documents to show a developed orthodox theology. He served at the First Council of Nicaea.
 
Dogmatic Treatises
By Gregory of Nyssa

Acknowledged as one of the three Cappodocian Fathers, Gregory of Nyssa ardently established Christian philosophy as greater than Greek philosophy. He defended the Nicene Creed against the Arians at the Second Ecumenical Council, contributed greatly to the doctrine of the Trinity, and was one of the first Christian theologians to argue for the infinity of God, as therefore being without boundaries or limits.
 
Select Writings
By Gregory of Nyssa

He expounded three stages of spiritual growth: an initial darkness of ignorance, followed by spiritual enlightenment, and ultimately a darkness of the mind in contemplation of the God who in being or essence (ousia) cannot be comprehended.
 
Letters and Select Works
By Jerome

An Illyrian priest and apologist, Jerome was well versed in classical authors and texts. In his letters he paints a vivid picture of his life and times that will be of great worth to any serious church scholar. The Catholic Church recognizes him as a saint and Doctor of the Church! He is best known for his revision of the Latin Bible, based on the Greek New Testament better known today as the Vulgate.
 
Cyril of Jerusalem
Cyril of Jerusalem was an illustrious theologian and bishop of Jerusalem. His care for the poor and his doctrine on the Eucharist were equally talked about! His most noteworthy work was his Catechetical Lectures, which contain invaluable instructions on several topics of the Christian faith. His pastoral care and warmth as well as his deep grasp of the Scriptures were undoubtedly evident. He also gave a thorough adhesion to the Nicene orthodoxy.
 
Gregory Nazianzen
This 4th-century Archbishop of Constantinople is recognized as a Cappodocian Father and the most accomplished rhetorical stylist of the patristic age. He was a classically trained speaker and philosopher. It was he who infused Hellenism into the early church. Much of his theological work continues to influence modern theologians, especially in regard to the Trinity. He too battled against Arianism, the strongly prevailing heresy of his time.
 
Letters and Select Works
By Basil

A Cappodocian Father and the Father of communal monasticism, Basil a 4th century theologian established guidelines for monastic life, combated Arianism, and contributed greatly to the development of orthodox theology. Basil cared for the poor and worked toward the reformation of criminals. His liturgies are still in use today. Basil was a powerful advocate for the Nicene position. Basil’s work On the Holy Spirit, is a lucid and edifying appeal to Scripture and early Christian tradition proving the divinity of the Holy Spirit.
 
Hilary of Poitiers
Hilary is sometimes regarded as the first Latin Christian hymn writer. St Hilary is the highest ranked among the Latin writers of his century before St. Ambrose. He is excellence in exegesis and Christology were unparalleled, and his works show many traces of strong independent thought. He is often called the "Athanasius of the West."
 
John of Damascus
Termed the "golden speaker", John of Damascus was an Arab Christian and priest at Mar Saba monastery in Jerusalem. His most famous work, "An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith" is a summary of the dogmatic writings of the early church fathers and is treasured by the church as an antiquity of Christianity. His fields of interest and contribution included law, theology, philosophy, and music . He is sometimes referred to as the last of the Church Fathers!
 
Select Works and Letters
By Ambrose

Bishop of Milan and one of the most influential figures of the 4th century, Ambrose led an ascetic lifestyle and nurtured the Christian community under his care. He concentrated on the exegesis of the Old Testament, but he also carefully examined and wrote on many great doctrines of the faith including the duties of the clergy, the Holy Spirit, and repentance. One of the four original doctors of the Church along with Augustine, Jerome, and Gregory the Great, he displayed a kind of liturgical flexibility recognizing that liturgy was a tool to serve people in worshiping God.
 
Sulpitius Severus
Christian writer and native of Aquitania, his chronicle of sacred history, as well as his biography of Saint Martin of Tours are the works that make him unforgettable. Chronicle (Chronica, Chronicorum Libri duo or Historia sacra), is a summary of hallowed history from the beginning of this world to his own times, omitting the events recorded in the Gospels and the book of Acts.
 
Vincent of Lerins
His writings are sought after, and he refers to the First Council of Ephesus. He believed and advocated universalism.
 
John Cassian
This Christian theologian is celebrated in both the Western and Eastern Churches for his mystical writings. He is also known as one of the "Desert Fathers." His writings always revolved around specific problems of spiritual theology and the ascetic life and rules of monastic life. He always wrote in Latin, employing a simple, direct style. They were swiftly translated into Greek, for the use of the Eastern monks, which was an unusual honor!
 
Leo the Great
Leo was the first pope of the Catholic Church to have been given the title "the Great". An uncompromising foe of heresy, he contributed significantly to the centralization of spiritual authority within the Church, as well as in reaffirming papal authority.
 
Gregory the Great
He was the first pope from a monastic background. Gregory the Great encouraged the church toward missionary work among the peoples of northern Europe. In fact, he did much to spread Christianity in England. His work, "The Rule for Pastors", helped shape the episcopal office. His doctrine of the Trinity was a development of the theology of Basil and that of their mutual friend Gregory Nazianzus. His spiritual theology, which posited God as infinite and salvation as potentially universal, is highly popular. Gregory is admired for his writings, which were more prolific than those of any of his predecessors as popes.
 
Gregory the Great II
A grand keeper of peace, opposing even emperors, he became one of the greatest popes in 715. He has the honor of being the first papal almoner or librarian known by name. Discover more about him!
 
Ephraim Syrus
One of the most accepted Syriac-language hymnographers and theologians of the 4th century, Ephraim is legendary for his hymns, poems, and sermons in verse, as well as prose biblical exegesis. More than 400 hymns composed by him still exist today. He is credited to having written over three million lines! These hymns are full of rich, poetic imagery drawn from Biblical sources, folk tradition, and other religions and philosophies. Particularly influential were his Hymns Against Heresies.
 
Aphrahat
He was born in Persia around 270 AD, but all his known works, the Demonstrations, appear from later on in his life. His most famous compositions are a series of twenty-three expositions or homilies on points of Christian doctrine and practice.
 
The Seven Ecumenical Councils
In the history of Christianity, the first seven Ecumenical Councils, from the First Council of Nicaea (325 AD) to the Second Council of Nicaea (787 AD), represent an attempt to arrive at an orthodox consensus and to establish a unified Christendom.

1. First Council of Nicaea (325 AD)
2. First Council of Constantinople (381 AD)
3. Council of Ephesus (431 AD)
4. Council of Chalcedon (451 AD)
5. Second Council of Constantinople (553 AD)
6. Third Council of Constantinople (680 AD)
7. Second Council of Nicaea (787 AD)
 
 

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