The Writings of the Apostolic Fathers.
From the beginning of Christianity to the time of the creation of the Nicene Creed.
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FATHERS OF THE SECOND CENTURY:
HERMAS, TATIAN, ATHENAGORAS, THEOPHILUS, AND CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA (ENTIRE)
Ta\ a0rxai=a e!qh kratei/tw. The Shepherd of Hermas
(ca. 120–200 A.D.)
INTRODUCTORY NOTE TO THE PASTOR OF HERMAS
Against Filthy and Proud Thoughts, and the Carelessness of Hermas in Chastising His Sons.
Again, of His Neglect in Chastising His Talkative Wife and His Lustful Sons, and of His Character.
Concerning the Building of the Triumphant Church, and the Various Classes of Reprobate Men.
Concerning the Trial and Tribulation that are to Come Upon Men.
Concerning the Commandments.
On Faith in God.
On Avoiding Evil-Speaking, and on Giving Alms in Simplicity.
On Avoiding Falsehood, and on the Repentance of Hermas for His Dissimulation.
On Putting One's Wife Away for Adultery
Of Sadness of Heart, and of Patience.
How to Recognize the Two Spirits Attendant on Each Man, and How to Distinguish the Suggestions of the One from Those of the Other.
On Fearing God, and Not Fearing the Devil.
We Ought to Shun that Which is Evil, and Do that Which is Good.
Prayer Must Be Made to God Without Ceasing and with Unwavering Confidence.
Grief, and Not Grieving the Spirit of God Which is in Us
The Spirit and Prophets to Be Tried by Their Works; Also of the Two Kinds of Spirit.
On the Two Fold Desire. The Commandments of God Can Be Kept, and Believers Ought Not to Fear the Devil.
As in This World We Have No Abiding City, We Ought to Seek One to Come.
As the Vine is Supported by the Elm, So is the Rich Man Helped by the Prayer of the Poor.
As in Winter Green Trees Cannot Be Distinguished from Withered, So in This World Neither Can the Just from the Unjust.
As in Summer Living Trees are Distinguished from Withered by Fruit and Living Leaves, So in the World to Come the Just Differ from the Unjust in Happiness.
Of True Fasting and Its Reward: Also of Purity of Body.
Of the Two Classes of Voluptuous Men, and of Their Death, Falling Away, and the Duration of Their Punishment.
They Who Repent Must Bring Forth Fruits Worthy of Repentance.
The Sins of the Elect and of the Penitent are of Many Kinds, But All Will Be Rewarded According to the Measure of Their Repentance and Good Works.
The Great Mysteries in the Building of the Militant and Triumphant Church.
Concerning Repentance and Alms-Giving.
Elucidations. Tatian the Assyrian
(ca. 120–180 A.D.)
INTRODUCTORY NOTE TO TATIAN THE ASSYRIAN.
Address of Tatian to the Greeks. Theophilus of Antioch
(ca. 183-185 A.D.)
INTRODUCTORY NOTE TO THEOPHILUS OF ANTIOCH.
Theophilus to Autolycus
Book III. Writings of Athenagoras
(ca. 133-190 A.D.)
INTRODUCTORY NOTE TO THE WRITINGS OF ATHENAGORAS
A Plea For the Christians
Athenagoras the Athenian: Philosopher and Christian
On the Resurrection of the Dead
The Treatise of Athenagoras the Athenian, Philosopher and ChristianClement of Alexandria
(ca.150 - 215 A.D.)
INTRODUCTORY NOTE TO CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA
Exhortation to the Heathen
The Stromata, or Miscellanies
Elucidations. Fragments of Clemens Alexandrinus.
I.-From the Latin Translation of Cassiodorus.1
II.-Nicetas1 Bishop of Heraclea.
III.-From the Catena on Luke, Edited by Corderius.
IV.-From the Books of the Hypotyposes.
V.-From the Book on Providence.
VI.-From the Book on the Soul.
VII.-Fragment from the Book on Slander.
VIII.-Other Fragments from Antonius Melissa.
IX.-Fragment of the Treatise on Marriage.
X.-Fragments of Other Lost Books.
XI.-Fragments Found in Greek Only in the Oxford Edition.
XII.-Fragments Not Given in the Oxford Edition.
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