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When the Church Was Young Audiobook

When the Church Was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers

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If the word trinity isn't in Scripture, why is it such an important part of our faith? And if the Bible can be interpreted in many ways, how do we know what to make of it? And who decided what should be in the Bible anyway? The Church Fathers provide the answers! Marcellino D'Ambrosio dusts off what might have been just dry theology to bring you the exciting stories of great heroes such as Ambrose, Augustine, Basil, Athanasius, John Chrysostom, and Jerome. These brilliant, embattled, and sometimes eccentric men defined the biblical canon, hammered out the Creed, and gave us our understanding of sacraments and salvation. It is they who preserved the rich legacy of the early Church for us.

©2014 Marcellino D'Ambrosio (P)2014 Franciscan Media

What the Critics Say

"Dr. D'Ambrosio has accomplished the rare feat of combining scholarship with readability. Christians of all traditions can trace their faith to these pioneers; their story is our story."--Right Honourable David Baron Alton, M.P. and Liverpool University professor

"Gripping, compelling, and fast-moving." Sarah Reinhard, blogger, SnoringScholar.com

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    Mike C 08-22-14
    Mike C 08-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Masterful summary of the early Church Fathers"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. I have read other books on the early Church and the Church Fathers, but this book brings both to life. Each Father has an intriguing and compelling story that is told in a conversationalist manner so as to leap off the page.


    What does Marcellino D'Ambrosio bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dr. D'Ambrosio is a skilled orator. Hearing a passionate author speak in his own words is a great experience.


    Any additional comments?

    This book does an outstanding job explaining heresy’s within the early Church such as Gnosticism and Aryanism and shows how each was debunked and defeated and by whom. We present day Christians take difficult topics like the Trinity for granted. This book is a reminder of how it wasn’t always so and how Christian thought solidified through apostolic Tradition.
    Perhaps most importantly, this book reminds us that early Christians were willing to die for their faith. How many present day Christians are ready to do the same? In those days it was expected and embraced.
    The pithy recap of the apostolic Tradition’s points of convergence in Chapter 26 is brilliant and concise.
    The early Church Fathers would be outraged to see the many divisions within present-day Christianity. Their words and, in many ways, this book is a call for unity. Thank you, Dr. D’Ambrosio for writing and compiling it.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    John San Diego, CA, USA 08-06-15
    John San Diego, CA, USA 08-06-15 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the best"

    I had a bias. I had listened to this writer give a past talk that I didn't much care for, and so I didn't think his book would be much better frankly. I was wrong. This is one of the most readable and important books on the subject precisely because it is so accessible. Well researched and a fantastic resource. Fascinating read.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    PJB Brightwater, Nelson, New Zealand 08-17-15
    PJB Brightwater, Nelson, New Zealand 08-17-15 Member Since 2017

    Recently retired. Mainly interested in self-development in the final third of life.

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    What did you love best about When the Church Was Young?

    It was great to see ordinary human beings struggling to understand the messages of Jesus - and to make sense of it in the light of the things they had always believed. Wonderful to meet the inspiring and amazingly committed people who created Christianity


    What other book might you compare When the Church Was Young to and why?

    Acts is the first chapter.


    Which character – as performed by Marcellino D'Ambrosio – was your favorite?

    Basil


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It helped me understand how we became what we are.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cecilia 06-04-15
    Cecilia 06-04-15
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    "eye opening"

    I learned a lot and am inspired to read more on the early church fathers

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    RSH 08-14-15
    RSH 08-14-15 Member Since 2017
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    "An extraordinary lesson for my spiritual journey."

    This book further deepened my gratefulness for the depth of understanding and writing conveyed by the early church fathers.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Kochenderfer 03-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Every Christian should read this book"

    I have studied the church fathers in the past. This is the best single volume on the subject I have ever read. The author does a fantastic job of explaining the church fathers and their position in the church versus the many different heresies that infected the early church. I strongly strongly recommended. Although I would caution my Baptist friends they may not like what they find when they start to probe the way the early Christians worshiped and what they believed.

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    humblethinker 07-22-15 Member Since 2016

    A Jesus follower fascinated by existence tweeting about faith, philosophy & science #INTP #OpenTheism #TheisticEvolution @humblethinker1

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    "Very good. Definitely from a Roman Catholic view"

    The author spends much time on heresies which is all well and good, but doesn't even mention the Constantinian or Augustinian heresies.

    I'd recommend it for sure.

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    Una-Marie O'Leary Match 01-30-15

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    "Church Fathers"

    One of the best books on the Church Fathers. Easy to follow because it is laid out chronologically, rather than covering one Father at a time. This makes it easier to see the relationship of the Fathers to each other .

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    John New Orleans, LA, United States 01-23-15
    John New Orleans, LA, United States 01-23-15 Member Since 2017
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    "When the church was young and catholic"
    Any additional comments?

    D'Ambrosio is a good writer, the book moved along at a nice pace. I did quickly discover the book is written from an overtly catholic perspective and was likely intended for a catholic audience. The main emphasis of the book is how concepts like apostolic succession, Transubstantiation, prayer to saints, the emasculate conception, the elevation of Mary to the "Mother of God", paying penance, infant baptism, etc... were taught by the church fathers, and therefore, it should be assumed that they originated from the Jesus' apostles. However, some of the church fathers arguments, for these doctrine listed above, in response to the damnable "heretics" who opposed them, sounded absolutely illogical, silly and ridiculous, yet D'Ambriosio presented them as knock down irrefutable proofs for Catholic doctrine... but just because a beloved Saint says 2+2=5 doesn't make it so Joe. But yeah, overall, I did enjoy the book and I liked D'Ambrosio's high admiration for the church fathers, it helped bring the history to life.

    13 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Hope Dube Northfield, NH, United States 04-02-15
    Hope Dube Northfield, NH, United States 04-02-15 Member Since 2011

    I love listening to books while I walk and drive.

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    "True History"
    What made the experience of listening to When the Church Was Young the most enjoyable?

    Hearing the letters of the Fathers


    What was one of the most memorable moments of When the Church Was Young?

    The discovery of how the Traditions started with the Apostles and were handed down.


    What does Marcellino D'Ambrosio bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has the conviction and makes the words come alive


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The beginning of the Church today.


    Any additional comments?

    This book like so many try to make the letters of the Fathers available to all people who want to know the truth. If read with an open mind, one might have to consider that the so called great Martin Luther might have been wrong on a few key points. If you ask me who I will believe it will always be those who walked with Jesus and the Apostles. Rather then someone who came later and said he was enlightened by the Holy Spirit. I know the Holy Spirit works in all who accept him but I believe those early Church guys had the Holy Spirit or how would they have been able to die the horrible deaths they bore with joy for our Savior.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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