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Early Church Collection Volume 3

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The Early Church Collection Volume 3 offers a comprehensive look at the teachings and practices of the early Christian church. In this collection of texts from various authors, readers will find a wealth of insight into the beliefs and struggles of the early church community.

The diversity of perspectives presented in this collection provides a well-rounded view of the early church, allowing readers to see the many ways in which individuals interpreted and lived out their faith. From theological debates to practical instructions for Christian living, the texts in this volume cover a wide range of topics that are still relevant to believers today.

While some of the content may be challenging for modern readers due to its historical and cultural context, the overall message of love, unity, and devotion to God shines through in these writings. Whether you are a student of church history or simply curious about the early roots of Christianity, this collection is sure to provide valuable insights and inspiration.

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This collection begins with Augustine's exposition of the Apostles' Creed, a confession of faith attributed to Gregory Thaumaturgus and a series of statements on christology. Then come two works attributed to Hippolytus and a treatise addressed to Tatian arguing, without using Scripture, for the existence of the soul. Dionysius of Alexandria comments on the authorship of the book of Revelation and Alexander, archbishop of Alexandria excommunicates Arius . What remains of "a discourse on the Divine Nature and the Incarnation, against the heretics Beron and Helix" is followed by several exegetical works by Dionysius of Alexandria and the beginning of a treatise of the resurrection usually attributed to Justin Martyr. "Discourse on all the Saints" concerns martyrs and the fragments of Lactantius were written by the adviser of Constantine, the first Christian Romans emperor. A survey of Christian novels follows . The Phoenix may or may not have been written by Lactantius and formed the basis for a well-known Old English poem. Amongst several short works, there are Cyprian's extracts from the Old testament prophets exhorting to repentance and his treatise on chastity. Augustine preaches a sermon on the virtue of patience, Gregory of Nyssa laments the death of Meletius and then advises Christians not to go on pilgrimages to Jerusalem. This collection ends with the martyr story of Symphorosa and her family. - Summary by InTheDesert

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