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The Fathers Know Best: Your Essential Guide to the Teachings of the Early Church

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  • Discover the beliefs of early Christians in a groundbreaking compilation by Jimmy Akin—unveiling a hidden era of faith and doctrine.
  • Uncover the teachings of early Christians through a meticulously curated collection of quotes and insights spanning centuries.
  • Explore the wisdom of the early Church Fathers in a comprehensive guide that illuminates the roots of Christian doctrine.
  • Delve into the ancient texts and teachings that shaped early Christianity, offering profound insights into its foundational beliefs.
  • Journey through the origins of Christian thought with a definitive resource featuring over 900 quotations from early Church writings.
  • Navigate the intellectual landscape of early Christianity with maps, biographies, and a deep dive into key theological debates.
  • Encounter the profound teachings of the early Church Fathers on a wide array of topics, offering clarity on timeless and contemporary issues.


What Did Early Christians Really Believe?

The Answer Will Surprise and Amaze You!

The Fathers Know Best: Your Essential Guide to the Teachings of the Early Church is a unique resource that introduces you to the teachings of the first Christians in a way no other work can. It is specially designed to make it easy for you to find the information you want and need.

Amazing features in this fact-packed book include:

  • More than 900 quotations from the writings of the early Church Fathers, as well as from rare and important documents dating back to the dawn of Christian history.
  • Mini-biographies of nearly 100 Fathers, as well as descriptions of dozens of key early councils and writings.
  • A concise history of the dramatic spread of Christianity after Jesus told his disciples to evangelize all nations.
  • Special maps showing you where the Fathers lived, including many little-known and long-vanished locations.
  • A guide to nearly 30 ancient heresies, many of which have returned to haunt the modern world.
  • The Fathers’ teaching on nearly 50 topics, including modern hot-button issues like abortion, homosexuality, and divorce.

This groundbreaking work presents the teachings of the early Christians in a way unlike any other book. It flings open the doors of the crucial but little-known age covering the birth of Christianity and the triumphant march of the gospel throughout the ancient world.

“We are particularly blessed by this release of Jimmy Akin’s superbly compiled synopsis of the writings of the early Church Fathers. There are other works, but Akin’s finely selected and categorized collection provides a far more accessible introduction to the early Christians” —Marcus Grodi, President of The Coming Home Network and host of EWTN’s The Journey Home

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Jimmy Akin
Softcover, 452 pages
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12 Reviews

  • 5

    The Fathers Know Best

    Posted by Gabriel Krafft on Nov 15th 2019

    That is classical reading for us laypeople ! Well done Jimmy!

  • 5

    Must buy!!

    Posted by Amanda S on May 10th 2019

    If the early church fathers can’t convince anyone of the truth of the early church practices, I don’t know what could! if you don’t want to become catholic, don’t read this book! It’s packed full of quotes, explanations of councils, and so much more. It will be in my collection forever, unless I loan it out to everyone because it’s so informative.

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