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Overview 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.
Publishers Description 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.
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Studio: Ignatius Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.04" Width: 5.34" Height: 1.12" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2002
Publisher Ignatius Press
ISBN 0898708478 ISBN13 9780898708479 UPC 008987084785
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Apostolic Tradition and Conversion to Roman Catholicism Apr 23, 2008
In "The Four Witnesses," author Rob Bennett lets the early Christian church speak for itself through the writings of the Apostolic Fathers - Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr and Ireneus of Lyons, the first and second generations in the Church subsequent to the Apostles - to see where the Church's journey begins in history. Included with these writings are epitaphs from Christian tombs, doctrinal statements, Bible commentary, and sermons which together provide an accurate portrait of the character, teachings, and practices of the very earliest Christians.
Like many other Evangelical Christians who converted to Roman Catholicism, Bennett eventually began to study these Church fathers and made painful discovery that Christianity of history was not Protestantism...the early church was Catholic. "I looked for something at least similar to the distinctives and practices of my own church and found only Catholicism."
Bennett's first witness, Clement of Rome, was a follower of St. Paul and a contemporary of St. John. In his letter to the Corinthians, Clement demonstrates the first exercise of the Roman primacy after St Peter's death. The Letter also underlined that the Church's structure was sacramental and not political. With regard to community leaders, Clement clearly explains the doctrine of Apostolic Succession (Tradition). The norms that regulate it derive ultimately from God himself. The Father sent Jesus Christ, who in turn sent the Apostles. They then sent the first heads of communities and established that they would be succeeded by other worthy men.
The story of Clement along with the other three witnesses shows that the early Christian Church was a well organized body with rituals and tradition - the same rituals and traditions practiced in today's Roman Catholic Church. And the early Church was not built on beliefs from the bible since the bible did not exist. Scripture was a collection of writings that the early Church, based on the Apostolic Tradition, vouched for, preserved, compiled, and passed down through the ages. The Bible itself was something the world received from this Church.
Rob Bennett has done an admirable job in making these four witnesses more accessible to all who have an interest in early Church history or in the Apostolic Tradition. "Four Witnesses," while well written, is not nighttime reading.
truth searching Apr 1, 2008
I found myself highlighting to the extent nearly the entire book was in yellow. This is an excellent researched book which offers a clear and understandable picture of our early church fathers. It is recommended for anyone searching for a clear and valid explanation of the early church beyond Scripture.
Catholic Propaganda Jan 26, 2008
This book is typical Catholic propaganda. This man was duped into exalting the word of man over the word of God, pretending the word of man is superior to the witnesses of the Christians in the Bible.
Satan won yet another another soul.
exciting! Jul 6, 2007
This book was so exciting! It read more like a novel or a scene from GLADIATOR. We had just watched the series ROME on HBO (also on DVD now) and it really put the book in perspective for me. I highly recommend this book to Catholics, non-Catholics and hisory buffs.
Four Witnesses - good Mar 9, 2007
This book did what it set out to do. I was a little disappointed with the long narrative style, but I understand why Mr. Bennett wrote it that way. I was looking for a litany of quotes to use as ammunition against heretics (is that too "brusk."). I have recommended this book to non-Catholics who are anti-Catholic. The narrative interjected between the citations can be can be frustrating for those who are more "get to-the-point" thinkers. However, it is satisfying once finished because it met the objectives with ample evidence that is an unmovable mountain for the non-Catholics who think they have the pure, unadulterated truth.