The Church Fathers (Part 1)

Questions to think about during this lesson…

  • Who are the “Fathers” of the Church?
  • When did they live and why are we encouraged to “imitate” them?
  • Why do we trust them in what they have to tell us… especially when it comes to interpreting the Bible?
  • Why did they encourage EVERYONE — no matter their education — to read the Bible regularly?
  • According to the Fathers, why does Holy Scripture exist — what is its sole purpose?
  • What were some of the excuses that St. John Chrysostom’s congregation gave for neglecting to read the Bible?
  • How does the availability and affordability of the Bible back then compare to today?
  • Why is it important to read the Bible even if you don’t understand it?
  • What do the Fathers mean when they said the Bible is “God’s condescension to humanity?”

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