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Episode 1—First Steps on the Way of the Fathers

By Mike Aquilina ( bio - articles - email ) | Oct 18, 2019 | In Way of the Fathers (Podcast)

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With this episode author Mike Aquilina begins his twice-monthly series on the lives, times, and works of the early Church Fathers. The Way of the Fathers begins with answers to basic questions. What is fatherhood? And who are the Fathers?

The answers come from sources ancient (Vincent of Lerins) and modern (Ratzinger)—theologians who draw from the still more ancient words and patterns of biblical religion.

Mapping the Way of the Fathers, Aquilina touches upon the achievements of the early Christians, especially their establishment of the canons of Scripture, liturgy, and Church order.

The Fathers made us who we are. This podcast begins our pilgrimage to give them the honor that’s their due.


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Mike Aquilina is a popular author working in the area of Church history, especially patristics. He is executive vice-president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a contributing editor of Angelus (magazine) and general editor of the Reclaiming Catholic History Series from Ave Maria Press. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: mike5952 - Apr. 20, 2021 6:07 PM ET USA

    Thanks! You made my day!

  • Posted by: crazylikeknoxes3387 - Apr. 19, 2021 10:46 PM ET USA

    Good evening, Mr. Aquilina. I have just recently started following your Way of the Fathers podcast and wanted to let you know how pleased I am with the content so far and how much I look forward to “catching up” on two-years of material. Certainly it is a real bonus to have James Majewski recording many of the works of the Fathers in his audiobook podcast. Like so much from Catholic Culture, the value of this material seems vastly unappreciated. So to redress this, permit me to say, good work.