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The early church fathers were great theologians--although they did not think of themselves as such.

They were working pastors, involved in the daily life and leadership of their congregations. Yet they were wrestling with many of the great and formative questions of the Christian faith, such as the Trinity, the incarnation, the providence of God and the nature of the church.

These beliefs were defined in the crucible of spiritual leadership, pastoral care and theological conflict, all set against the background of the great cultural movements and events of their day. For the church fathers, theology was a spiritual exercise woven into the texture of life.

What would it be like to sit under the preaching and instruction of these great men, to look over their shoulders as they thought and wrote, or to hear them debate theological issues?

Learning Theology with the Church Fathers offers us that experience. With the same insight and love of his subject that he brought to Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers, Christopher A. Hall opens the door on patristic theology. Focusing on the great questions, we view these issues in their settings and find greater appreciation for the foundations and architecture of our Christian faith.

You may also be interested in Hall’s Worshiping with the Church FathersReading Scripture with the Church Fathers, and Living Wisely with the Church Fathers.

Learning Theology with the Church Fathers
• Author: Christopher A. Hall
• Publisher: InterVarsity Press (2002)

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April 1, 2020  |  5:08 PM   |    Fantastic (5)
This is the second volume in a series of four. At just over 200 pages it can only be considered as an introduction to this huge topic. However, it is very readable and therefore is an excellent starting point for the journey.

From the books introduction:
"rather than covering the incarnation or the Trinity by casting a net across seven hundred years of patristic reflection...spending an evening in deep conversation with Athanasius or Cyril of Alexandria on the incarnation might well supplement the riches we can gain by a wider overview. By doing so, the reader will become acquainted with a father in some depth, with the additional benefit of accompanying that same father as he explores and explains a key subject."

In this volume we do spend quality time with a selection of fathers as they develop theology from the scriptures.

We spend time with Athanasius as he counters Arius’s explanation of the Son’s relationship to the Father.

We spend time with Gregory of Nazianzus and ...
This is the second volume in a series of four. At just over 200 pages it can only be considered as an introduction to this huge topic. However, it is very readable and therefore is an excellent starting point for the journey.

From the books introduction:
"rather than covering the incarnation or the Trinity by casting a net across seven hundred years of patristic reflection...spending an evening in deep conversation with Athanasius or Cyril of Alexandria on the incarnation might well supplement the riches we can gain by a wider overview. By doing so, the reader will become acquainted with a father in some depth, with the additional benefit of accompanying that same father as he explores and explains a key subject."

In this volume we do spend quality time with a selection of fathers as they develop theology from the scriptures.

We spend time with Athanasius as he counters Arius’s explanation of the Son’s relationship to the Father.

We spend time with Gregory of Nazianzus and Augustine’s as they reflect on the Trinity.

We spend time with Cyril as he takes on Nestorius's reluctance to speak of Mary as the mother of God (theotokos).

We spend time with Basil the Great, bishop of Caesarea as he expounds on the Holy Spirit.

But the get into some of the detail of the debates at the time such as between Augustine and Pelagius on the nature of sin..

If you read my review of "reading scriptures with the fathers" you will know that i was expecting to spend time reading scriptures with the fathers and instead i got a good introduction into the lives of the fathers in context to the time and where they were living but not much time with them in amongst the scriptures. Not so here! The value of this book is that it spends time with fathers from a wide spectrum seeing how they read and connected the scriptures. But also spends time with them working out how the scriptures could be interpreted and applied in their day.

This is a valuable introduction and anyone can value from reading it for many of the questions the fathers struggle with are still being raised and relevant today.