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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