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The Apostolic Fathers

Have you ever wondered what happened after the Apostles?

Read the Apostolic Fathers and follow up on the churches in Rome, Corinth, Ephesus, and Philippi.

Christian theology developed soon after the Apostles through the writings of the Apostolic Fathers. They provide wonderful insights into the beliefs, practices, and challenges of early Christianity. As you read their writings, may these ancient Christians guide and inspire you to live out your Christian faith in today’s world which in some ways is not too dissimilar to the world in which they lived.

“Do ye nothing in a spirit of factiousness but after the teaching of Christ. For I heard certain persons saying, If I find it not in the charters, I believe it not in the Gospel. And when I said to them, it is written, they answered me, that is the question. But as for me, my charter is Jesus Christ, the inviolable charter is his cross and his death and his resurrection, and faith through him; wherein I desire to be justified through your prayers.”
—Ignatius of Antioch, Epistle to the Philadelphians 8:2

“For he lingered that he might be delivered up, even as the Lord did, to the end that we too might be imitators of him, not looking only to that which concerneth ourselves, but also to that which concerneth our neighbors. For it is the office of true and steadfast love, not only to desire that oneself be saved, but all the brethren also.”
—The Martyrdom of Polycarp 1

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