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Book Title: The Fathers Speak|
The author of the book: Basil the Great
Date of issue: September 1st 2003
ISBN 13: 9780881410372
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.87 MB
Edition: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press
Read full description of the books The Fathers Speak:This book was okay. The scholarship was decent, the translations I imagine were pretty good, it just was kind of a drag to read, overall. It definitely was a tad bit dry, which I don't necessarily think this subject has to be.
The author did do a good job of the goals he said he was after.
I dunno, things like this can be a big turn off with me towards Christianity. There were a lot of good portions of this that I dug, but such a total all or nothing belief towards believing the absolute right things just kind of turns me off, personally.
I don't believe you can believe the right thing, which I guess is a belief in and of itself, but what I'm saying, I just don't like this idea that if you believe one wrong thing about God then your whole faith is void.
That's probably why I didn't end up joining the Orthodox Church in the long run, though.
A lot of this book was interesting. Some of the content was pretty questionable, as in, what the Church Fathers were saying in their letters was pretty questionable at times. There were some pretty nasty things said about women and Jewish people at different points. That was pretty discouraging and frustrating, to be honest.
This book did highlight some of the further flaws of these Church Fathers, too. Their different temperaments and characteristics were highlighted pretty well with the different selections of letters presents.
The reason I did this, I used to listen to Ancient Faith Radio a lot and thought some about joining the Eastern Orthodox Church, and I came across this book and got it used online, I always meant to read it, and since it had been so long since I had read some academic texts written by Christian scholars I decided to give this a go after finding it in one of my bookshelves.
Overall, this book is what it is. These translated letters are definitely a good introduction to the three Church Fathers presented and do go a long way in helping with Christian Church History.
That was probably my favorite thing about this book, it really did kind of beef up my 4th century Eastern Christian Church history knowledge.
It was also interesting seeing how much tension there was between the East and West already in the 4th century. There was a fair amount of that in especially Basil's letters, so that was interesting to read about.
But after a point, I can only stand dudes railing against what they deem heresy for so long.
But again, this book is what it is. It was worth reading.
Read information about the authorBasil of Caesarea (Arabic: باسيليوس الكبير ), also called Saint Basil the Great, was the bishop of Caesarea Mazaca in Cappadocia, Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey). He was an influential 4th century Christian theologian and monastic. Theologically, Basil was a supporter of the Nicene faction of the church, in opposition to Arianism on one side and the followers of Apollinaris of Laodicea on the other. His ability to balance his theological convictions with his political connections made Basil a powerful advocate for the Nicene position.
In addition to his work as a theologian, Basil was known for his care of the poor and underprivileged. Basil established guidelines for monastic life which focus on community life, liturgical prayer, and manual labor. Together with Pachomius he is remembered as a father of communal monasticism in Eastern Christianity. He is considered a saint by the traditions of both Eastern and Western Christianity.
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