Providing a wide array of early church writings translated into English, Faith of the Early Fathers offers excerpts of critical theological developments in the first seven centuries of Christian history. From Clement of Rome and Polycarp to Augustine and Basil, and from Chrysostom to Ambrose and Jerome, these volumes track the formation of Christian doctrine—both the orthodox and the heretical.
The passages are keyed to the numerical order established in M. J. Rouët de Journel’s Enchiridion Patristicum. But these volumes are not just a translation of that standard work. William A. Jurgens has investigated and selected the most frequently cited patristic passages, including much that is in Rouët’s volume and much that is not. All passages have been freshly and accurately translated from the best critical editions.
Each selection is prefaced with a brief introduction addressing authorship, time and place of composition, and its purpose. Each volume is thoroughly and critically indexed by doctrine, Scripture, and general terms.
Taken together, these three volumes represent a thorough English-language reference book of patristic works. In Logos Bible Software, they become much more. With your guides and expert tools in Logos, these source texts will support your historical-theological research and appear in citations throughout your library, connecting the dots as you investigate the faith of the early fathers.
William A. Jurgens (1928–1982) was an American Roman Catholic priest and historian. In 1956, Jurgens began studies in Rome at the Pontifical Music Institute, while simultaneously earning a doctorate in ecclesiastical history from Gregorian University. Almost immediately thereafter, he joined St. Mary Seminary faculty in Cleveland, and later, taught at Borromeo Seminary, in chant and liturgial music. He would go on to serve as diocesean director of sacred music in Cleveland. In 1977, he was appointed by Bishop James Hickey of Cleveland as the diocesean research historian, commissioned to compile a history of the diocese. The first volume of A History of the Diocese of Cleveland: The Prehistory of the Diocese to its Establishment in 1847 was barely finished before he passed away, and volume two was left in draft form.