Biblical Fathers

The Spirit of Early Christian Thought: Seeking the Face of God
by Robert Louis Wilken
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003
(400 pages; $29.95, hardcover)

reviewed by Mike Aquilina

Sooner or later, every thinking Christian discovers the duty to study the Church Fathers. It presents itself as a matter of religious literacy, if not a debt of ancestral piety. They fought the first culture wars; we should at least learn from them. They died for our faith; we should at least honor their memory. Now comes the dean of America’s church historians to turn our duty to pleasure and our debt to our profit.

Robert Louis Wilken . . .

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Mike Aquilina is vice president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology (www.salvationhistory.com) and a general editor of The Catholic Vision of Love catechetical series.

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