By Steve Weaver
A new series of books featuring biographies of the early church fathers is being published by Christian Focus Publications of the United Kingdom. Noted Patristic scholar Michael A.G. Haykin is serving as the series editor. According to the publisher's website: "this series relates the magnificent impact that these fathers of the early church made for our world today. They encountered challenges similar to ones that we face in our postmodern world, and they met them with extraordinary values that will encourage and inspire us today."
The first volume, authored by Marvin Jones, focuses on Basil of Caesarea. The publisher's website provides the following description:
Basil of Caesarea (329-379 AD) was a Greek Bishop in what is now Turkey. A thoughtful theologian, he was instrumental in the formation of the Nicene Creed. He fought a growing heresy, Arianism, that had found converts, including those in high positions of state. In the face of such a threat he showed courage, wisdom and complete confidence in God that we would do well to emulate today.
The second volume in the series was authored by Haykin and is an exploration of the life and impact of Patrick of Ireland. The publisher's website provides this description:
Patrick ministered to kings and slaves alike in the culture that had enslaved him. Patrick's faith and his commitment to the Word of God through hard times is a true example of the way that God calls us to grow and to bless those around us through our suffering. Michael Haykin's masterful biography of Patrick's life and faith will show you how you can follow God's call in your life.
Both these books are available in the UK. They will not be available in the US until May, but are available for pre-order now on Amazon:
- Basil of Caesarea: His Life and Impact by Marvin Jones
- Patrick of Ireland: His Life and Impact by Michael A.G. Haykin
Other books scheduled in the series include:
- Athanasius by Carl Trueman
- Cyril of Alexandria by Steve McKinion
- Augustine by Brad Green
- Irenaeus of Lyons by Ligon Duncan
- Tertullian by David Robinson
Steve Weaver serves as a research assistant to the director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies and a fellow of the Center. He also serves as senior pastor of Farmdale Baptist Church in Frankfort, KY. Steve and his wife Gretta have six children.