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The Faith of Our Fathers

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The Faith of Our Fathers: A Plain Exposition and Vindication of the Church Founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ is a book published in 1876 by archbishop James Gibbons, which became a best-selling conversion manual in the United States, and by 1980 was in its 111th printing.

(From the preface) “The object of this little volume is to present in a plain and practical form an exposition and vindication of the principal tenets of the Catholic Church. It was thought sufficient to devote but a brief space to such Catholic doctrines and practices as are happily admitted by Protestants, while those that are controverted by them are more elaborately elucidated...

...As his chief aim has been to bring home the truths of the Catholic faith to our separated brethren, who generally accept the Scripture as the only source of authority in religious matters, he has endeavored to fortify his statements by abundant reference to the sacred text. He has thought proper, however, to add frequent quotations from the early Fathers, whose testimony, at least as witnesses of the faith of their times, must be accepted even by those who call in question their personal authority.”

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The Faith of Our Fathers

Being a Plain Exposition and Vindication of the

Church Founded by Our Lord

Jesus Christ

By

James Cardinal Gibbons

Archbishop of Baltimore

Ninety third Carefully Revised and Enlarged Edition

John Murphy Company

Publishers

Baltimore, MD. New York

R. & T. Washbourne, Ltd.

10 Paternoster Row, London, and at Manchester.

Birmingham and Glasgow

1917

CONTENTS

Preface To The Eleventh Edition. Preface To The Forty Seventh Edition. Preface. Preface To Eighty Third Revised Edition. Introduction. Chapter I. The Blessed Trinity, The Incarnation, Etc. Chapter II. The Unity Of The Church. Chapter III. The Holiness Of The Church. Chapter IV. Catholicity. Chapter V... Continue reading book >>


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