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We cannot run away from asking questions, because it is only by raising and answering questions that we arrive at truth.

    Recommended sources

    Ferguson, Everett. Encyclopedia of Early Christianity. 2nd ed. New
    York : Garland, 1997. (also print) BR162.2 .E53 1997 vol. 1-2 REF Fl. 1

    Frend, W. H. C. The Rise of Christianity. Philadelphia : Fortress Press,
    1984.  BR 162.2 .F733 1985 Fl. 2

    Ferguson, Everett. Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology,
    and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries
. Grand Rapids : Eerdmans, 2009.
    BV 803 .F47 2008 Fl. 2

The Fathers of the Church. 215 vols. Catholic University of America. BR 60 .F3 [vol.#]  Fl. 2

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    EBooks about Heresies and the Early Church

    Ferguson, Everett. Orthodoxy, Heresy, and Schism in Early Christianity.
    New York : Garland, 1993. BR 166 .O78 1993 Fl. 2

    Grant, Robert M. Gnosticism: A Source Book of Heretical Writings from
    the Early Christian Period
. New York: Harper, 1961. BT 1390 .G7 Fl. 2

    Martin, Sean. The Gnostics : the First Christian Heretics. Herts,
    England, 2010.

   EBooks about Gnosticism

    Constantine buring Arian booksSuggested source

    EBooks about Arianism

    Williams, Rowan. Arius : Heresy and Tradition. 2nd ed. 
    London : SCM, 2001. BT1350 .W55 2001 Floor 2

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    EBooks about the divinity of Jesus Christ

    Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria.  Treatise on the Incarnation of God.

    Bockmuehl, Markus N. A.
    The Cambridge Companion to Jesus
    Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
    (also print) BT301.2 .C346 2001 Reference Fl 1  


    Ferguson, Everett. Doctrines of God and Christ in the Early Church
    New York: Garland, 1993.  BT 98 .D56 1993 Fl. 2

    Behr, John. The Way to Nicaea
    Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2001.  BT 23 .B47 2001 Fl. 2

    Films on Demand  Divinity of Jesus Christ in the Early Church

Suggested sources

Hanson, R. P. C. The Search for the Christian Doctrine of God : the Arian Controversy 318-381. Edinburgh : T. & T. Clark, 1988. BT1350 .H36 1988 Fl. 2

Ayres, Lewis. Nicaea and its Legacy : an Approach to Fourth-century Trinitarian Theology, 2006. BT 109 .A94 2006 Fl. 2


    Recommended sources

    Ayres, Lewis. Augustine and the Trinity. Cambridge University
    Press, 2010.  BR65.A9 A98 2010 Fl. 2

    Harmless, William. Augustine in His Own Words. Catholic University
    of America Press, 2010.


    Fitzgerald, Allan, editor. Augustine Through the Ages : an
. Grand Rapids, MI : William B. Eerdmans Pub., 1999. 
    B655 .Z69 A84 1999 Reference Fl. 1

Ecumenical Councils and Synods

Davis, Leo Donald. The First Seven Ecumenical Councils (325-787)
Their History and Theology
. 1987. (also print) BR 203 .D38 1987 Fl. 2

Young, Francis M. From Nicaea to Chalcedon. London : SCM, 1983.

Council of Chalcedon

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Eusebius, Bishop of Caesarea. Ecclesiastical History.

Tertullian, and Robert D Sider. Christian and Pagan in the Roman Empire : The Witness of Tertullian.
     Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2001.

Bede the Venerable

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