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Four Witnesses: The Early Church in Her Own Words - by Rod Bennett

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What was the early Church like? Contrary to popular belief, Rod Bennett shows there is a reliable way to know. Four ancient Christian writers—four witnesses to early Christianity —left us an extensive body of documentation on this vital subject, and this book brings their fascinating testimony to life for modern believers. With all the power and drama of a gripping novel, this book is a journey of discovery of ancient and beautiful truths through the lives of four great saints of the early Church—Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr, and Irenaeus of Lyons.

“A treasure! The early Church and its teachings come to life in this story. Did the first Christians believe what you believe? Buy this book, read the words of the early Church Herself, and fall in love with the historic Church that Christ Himself founded.”
—David Currie, Author, Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic

“Rod Bennett has immersed himself in the fascinating writings of four early Fathers of the Church and has made the discovery from reading them that sincere and attentive readers of them ought to make. The author's imaginative account of these four great Church Fathers is not only an excellent introduction to their work; it is a convincing rendering of what the early Church must really have been like. This is an important new contribution to Christian apologetics.”
—Kenneth Whitehead, Author, One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic


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St. Clement I

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 11/23


Patron Of: Mariners, Sailors, Boatmen, Watermen, Stonecutters, Dundee, Scotland, Marble Workers, Velletri, Italy, Sick Children

Also known as
    Clement of Rome

Memorial
    23 November

Profile
    Fourth Pope. Apostolic Father. The Basilica of Saint Clement in Rome, one of the earliest parish churches in the city, is probably built on the site of Clement's home. Author of the "Epistle to the Corinthians". His name occurs in the Canon of the Mass. Origen and Saint Jerome identify him as working with Saint Paul the Apostle.

Born
    Rome, Italy

Papal Ascension
    c.88

Died
    martyred in 101 during the persecution of Trajan

Canonized
    Pre-Congregation

Patronage
    boatmen
    Dundee, Scotland
    marble workers
    mariners
    sailors
    sick children
    stonecutters
    Velletri, Italy
    watermen



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St. Ignatius of Antioch

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 10/17


Patron Of: Against Throat Diseases, Church in Eastern Mediterranean, Church in North Africa

Also known as
    God-Bearer
    Theophoros

Memorial
    17 October
    formerly 1 February

Profile
    Convert from paganism to Christianity. Succeeded Peter as bishop of Antioch, Syria. Served during persecution of Domitian. During the persecution of Trajan, he was ordered taken to Rome to be killed by wild animals. On the way, a journey which took months, he wrote a series of encouraging letters to the churches under his care. First writer to use the term the Catholic Church. Apostolic Father. Martyr. His name occurs in the "Nobis quoque peccatoribus" in the Canon of the Mass. Legend says he was the infant that Jesus took into his arms in Mark 9.

Born
    c.50 in Syria

Died
    thrown to wild animals c.107 at Rome; relics at Saint Peter's, Rome

Patronage
    against throat diseases
    Church in eastern Mediterranean
    Church in North Africa



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St. Irenaeus of Lyons

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 06/28


Patron Of: Archdiocese of Mobile, Alabama

Memorial
    28 June (Western Church)
    23 August (Eastern Church)

Profile
    Disciple of Saint Polycarp of Smyrna. Priest in 177. Bishop of Lyons. Worked and wrote against Gnosticism, basing his arguments on the works of Saint John, whose Gospel is often cited by Gnostics. Considered the first great Western ecclesiastical writer, he emphasized the unity of the Old and New Testaments, and of Christ's simultaneous human and divine nature. Father of the Church. Martyr.

Born
    c.130 in Asia Minor

Died
    martyred in 202 in Lyons, France
    tomb and relics were destroyed by Calvinists in 1562
    head in Saint John's church, Lyons, France

Name Meaning
    lover of peace; peaceful (greek)

Canonized
    Pre-Congregation

Patronage
    Mobile, Alabama, archdiocese of



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St. Justin Martyr

St. Justin Martyr Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 06/01
Tridentine Calendar - 05/14


Patron Of: Philosophers, Apologists, Lecturers, Orators, Public Speakers

Also known as
    Justin; Justin the Philosopher

Profile
    Pagan philosopher who converted at age 30 by reading the Scriptures and witnessing the heroism and faith of martyrs. Used his philosophical skills to dispute with pagans and explain the faith, becoming one of the first great Christian apologists. Opened a school of public debate in Rome. Martyr.

Born
    c.100 at Nablus, Palestine

Died
    beheaded in 165 at Rome, Italy; relics in the Capuchin church, Rome

Canonized
    Pre-Congregation


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