Patrick of Ireland

Patrick-Cover-193x300Last year I was able to participate in a book project and  wrote some portions of Patrick of Ireland: His Life and Impact with Michael Haykin and Aaron Matherly (Amazon). This new book is the first of many in a new series: Early Church Fathers series (more info here). These books will be of value to any churchmen, pastor, or undergraduate seeking to gain familiarity on early church fathers, their literature, and personal piety.

Patrick is not only a man of courage, exemplar in piety, but a great example to the modern person! Though scholarship is divided, he leaves us with two works (Confessions and Letter to Soldiers of Coroticus; original language). They are simple to read and would highly encourage anyone to read through them in order to gain familiarity with Patrick.

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Two New Publications: Book Reviews

Here are two recent publications (Book Review) for SBJT 17, no. 2 (Summer 2013).

SBJT Review: Haykin, Michael A.G. Rediscovering the Church Fathers: Who They Were and How They Shaped the Church. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2011. (Amazon)

SBJT Review: O’Loughlin, Thomas. The Didache: A Window on the Earliest Christians. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2010. (Amazon)

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)
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