The Early Christians: In Their Own Words

Tertullian (Author) Justin (Author)
& 7 more


In these firsthand accounts of the early church, the spirit of Pentecost burns with prophetic force through the fog enveloping the modern church. A clear and vibrant faith lives on in these writings, providing a guide for Christians today. Its stark simplicity and revolutionary fervor will stun those lulled by conventional Christianity.

The Early Christians is a topically arranged collection of primary sources. It includes extra-biblical sayings of Jesus and excerpts from Origen, Tertullian, Polycarp, Clement of Alexandria, Justin, Irenaeus, Hermas, Ignatius, and others. Equally revealing material from pagan contemporaries - critics, detractors, and persecutors - is included as well.

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$28.00  $25.76
Plough Publishing House
Publish Date
September 01, 2014
6.28 X 1.02 X 9.26 inches | 1.75 pounds
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About the Author

Origen was an early Christian scholar, theologian, and one of the most distinguished of the early fathers of the Christian Church.
Eberhard Arnold (1883-1935), the German author and theologian who started the Bruderhof community, is known for his opposition to Hitler and his influence on contemporaries such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Karl Barth, Martin Buber, Martin Niemöller, and Paul Tillich. Some of Arnold's books available in English are God's Revolution, Innerland, Why We Live in Community, The Early Christians, and Salt and Light.


If you hold, like Arnold does, that Christianity is no longer Christianity if it departs too radically from its beginnings, you must read this book.--Roland H. Bainton, Professor Emeritus, Yale University
This selection will not only help readers understand early Christianity intellectually; it will also challenge them to live more fully, abundantly, and even radically.--Justo L. Gonzalez, Emory University
A compelling, fascinating, and direct account of one of the most important periods in the history of modern man.--James Luther, Adams Harvard Divinity School
This welcome anthology of writings from the first two centuries of Christendom is full and practical - and fervent.--America Magazine