The Doctors of the Church are the most reliable and authoritative teachers of the Faith for all Christians (not just Catholics). The Catholic Church, to date, has named 36 men and women as Doctors of the Church. “Doctor” essentially means teacher and each of the Doctors is noteworthy for their outstanding, clear teaching of the Faith, as well as their holiness. These 63 volumes represent significant selections from the eight Ecumenical Doctors of the Church. The Western Ecumenical Doctors consist of St. Ambrose (340-397), St. Jerome (345-420), St. Augustine (354-430), Pope St. Gregory the Great (540-604). The Eastern Ecumenical Doctors are St. Athanasius (295-373), St. Basil the Great (330-379), St. Gregory of Nazianzus (330-390), and St. John Chrysostom (345-407). The collection represents every major Patristic series we offer, including the Fathers of the Church Series, Ancient Christian Writers, Popular Patristics series, and the Classics of Western Spirituality. No library should be without this essential set of resources!
In Verbum, these works become the backbone of any study of the Christian faith. Links to the patristic writings of the Early Church Fathers will bring you right to the source—to the very quote—allowing you to see instant context. Footnotes appear on mouseover, as well as references to Scripture and extra-biblical material in your library, and you can perform near-instant searches across these volumes, searching for references to keywords or Scripture passages.