It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted on this site! Such is the life of a seminary student. Nevertheless, I would like to share a great blog that I stumbled upon: “Read the Fathers“, a blog devoted to the reading and discussion of the church fathers.
Church history is, in my opinion, a vital study for every believer to understand the history of our faith – the struggles over the development of doctrine and against heresy, the testimony of believers in the face of persecution, and the narrative of God’s redemption of His creation unto Himself. In today’s rather pragmatic culture, the discipline of history has been relegated to the ivory tower or personal interests, and this is no less true for the church in America. While I agree that not everyone has a bent to the study of history, history – specifically church history – is something that no Christian should relegate to seminarians. Believers in the 21st century stand upon the shoulders of those who have gone before us.
While all of church history is of value to study, I have recently found the early church fathers a fascinating study, for their work laid the foundation for generations to come. The professor who has had the biggest impact on my love for church history – particularly the early church fathers – is Dr. Michael Haykin, whose stress on reading the original sources over secondary sources helps to bring alive Christian church in its infancy. (You can read Dr. Haykin’s blog here: http://www.andrewfullercenter.org/)
With all this said, take a look at ReadtheFathers.org and follow their blog, their reading plan, and even their recommended reading.