Fathers of the Church (Index Page)

Fathers of the Church (Index Page) March 1, 2007
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Four doctors of the Church: left to right: St. Augustine, Pope St. Gregory the Great, St. Jerome, and St. Ambrose (1516), by Pier Francesco Sacchi (c. 1485–1528) [pubic domain / Wikimedia Commons]

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MY THREE BOOKS ON THE CHURCH FATHERS

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GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS
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PROTESTANTISM AND THE FATHERS 
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ST. AUGUSTINE
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Early Development of the Papacy: Random Reflections (includes St. Augustine’s views) [2-26-02]
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Purgatory: Refutation of James White (1 Corinthians 3:10-15)  (includes lengthy citations of St. Augustine) [3-3-07]
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Introduction to The Quotable Augustine (edited by Dave Armstrong) [8-9-12]
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BAPTISM AND BAPTISMAL REGENERATION
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BIBLE / TRADITION / CHURCH / APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION / SOLA SCRIPTURA / PERSPICUITY / RULE OF FAITH
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Dialogue on “Perspicuous Apostolic Teaching” (vs. James White) [May-June 1996]
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Church Fathers and Sola Scriptura [originally July 2003; somewhat modified condensation: 4-5-17]
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Debate: Church Fathers & Sola Scriptura (vs. Jason Engwer) [8-1-03]
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Chrysostom & Irenaeus: Sola Scripturists? (vs. David T. King) [4-20-07]
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Development of the Biblical Canon: Protestant Difficulties [2-26-02 and 3-19-02, abridged with slight revisions and additions on 7-19-18]
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CHRISTOLOGY / HOLY TRINITY / GOD THE FATHER
 
Filioque: Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue (William Klimon) [July 1997]
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CHURCH / ECCLESIOLOGY
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Bishops in the Apostolic Church [1-16-01; rev. 5-7-03]
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Papal Participation in the First Seven Ecumenical Councils [4-22-09]

CONTRACEPTION

Contraception: Early Church Teaching (William Klimon) [1998]
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DEVELOPMENT OF DOCTRINE
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EUCHARIST AND SACRIFICE OF THE MASS

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St. Augustine’s Belief in the Substantial Real Presence [1996]

Patristic Eucharistic Doctrine: Nine Protestant Scholars [12-1-96]

John Calvin and St. Cyril of Jerusalem: Comparative Eucharistic Theology [6-14-04]

Dialogue on Calvin’s & Patristic Eucharistic Theology (Especially St. Cyril of Jerusalem’s Theology of the Eucharist) [6-19-04]

Transubstantiation & Church History: Dialogue w Lutheran [2-12-05; abridged on 10-23-18]

Eucharistic Sacrifice: The Witness of the Church Fathers [9-12-05]

Sacrifice of the Mass: Reflections on Theology & Patristics [9-22-05]

Development of Sacrifice of the Mass: Dialogue w Lutheran [9-22-05]

Church Fathers and the Sacrifice of the Mass (Thoroughly Catholic!) [12-11-09]

St. Augustine’s Eucharistic Doctrine and Protestant “Co-Opting” [9-25-10]

St. Augustine’s Eucharistic Doctrine: Simultaneous Assertion of Realism and Symbolism [2-17-11]

What Saint Augustine, Bishop, Saint and Doctor of the Catholic Church Actually Held Pertaining to Transubstantiation: A Response to Turretinfan (+ Part Two) [Paul Hoffer, 8-20-11]

“Re-Presentation” vs. “Re-Sacrifice” in the Mass: Doctrinal History [4-4-18]

 

LITURGY

Apologia for the New (Pauline) Mass: With Massive Traditional Documentation, Over Against its Detractors / Summary of Vatican II on Liturgical Reform [6-18-08]

St. Augustine’s Holy Communion [2012]

Communion in the Hand, Standing (Norm till 500-900 AD) [9-3-15]

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MARRIAGE, DIVORCE, AND ANNULMENTS
MARY, THE BLESSED VIRGIN
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PAPACY AND INFALLIBILITY
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The Development of the Papacy (Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman) [Facebook, 1997]
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Purgatory: Refutation of James White (1 Corinthians 3:10-15)  (includes lengthy citations of St. Augustine) [3-3-07]
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SALVATION AND SOTERIOLOGY
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SCIENCE

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St. Augustine: Astrology is Absurd [9-4-15]


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  • Dave,

    Could you write something on how to respond to Protestants that ask why we should listen to the Church Fathers (why they are so important) and also the fundamentalists who reject the Church Fathers and call them heretics (i.e. David Cloud etc.)? I would love to read an article about that.

  • I've written about that in various places: various aspects of it.

    I think it comes down to the discussion of authority and sola Scriptura. The Catholic has to show how and why SS is false, in order to convince the SS proponent that he is in error. I've done that in two of my books (and a good chunk of a third, and smaller parts of several others).

    Once that's done, then the fathers are appreciated as part of the history of the Church and apostolic tradition, because Church and tradition are now accepted as authoritative as well.