Rediscovering the Church Fathers

Rediscovering-the-Church-Fathers

Michael Haykin successfully serves as a Patristic evangelist, convincing modern readers to take special interest in the early church fathers. Rediscovering the Church Fathers engages a brief sampling of various types of Fathers and highlights their literature and value to early church studies.

This book comes highly recommended for anyone remotely interested in the Church Fathers.

My review will appear shortly in the SBTS Journal.

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At the end of his book, Haykin recommends resources for those taking interest in Patristic literature. Here is a list of secondary literature Haykin recommends to begin your endeavor.

Robert Louis Wilken, The Spirit of Early Christian Thought: Seeking the Face

Henry Chadwick, The Early Church

Jaroslav Pelikan, The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine, vol 1, The Emergenece of the Catholic Tradtion (100–600)

Tim Dowley, Introduction to the History of Christianity

John D. Woodbridge, Great Leaders of the Christian Church

Michael Haykin, Defence of the Truth: Contending for the Truth Yesterday and Today

Here is a Haykin’s list of primary literature.

Augustine, Confessions

Basil of Caesarea, On the Holy Spirit

Letter to Diognetus

The Odes of Solomon

Cyprian, Letter to Donatus

Hilary, On the Trinity

Athanasius, Life of Antony

Gregory of Nyssa, The Life of Macrina

Patrick, Confession

Here is a small list I would recommend for primary and secondary literature.

Michael Holmes, The Apostolic Fathers

Rodney Whitacre, A Patristic Greek Reader

John O’Keefe and R.R. Reno, Sanctified Vision: An Introduction to Early Christian Interpretation of the Bible

SBTS LibGuide: Patristics and Early Christianity


[1]John J. O’Keefe and R.R. Reno, Sanctified Vision: An Introduction to Early Christian Interpretation of the Bible. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.

[2]On First Principles, 4.3.4.

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