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"We have learned from none others the plan of our salvation, than from those through whom the Gospel has come down to us, which they did at one time proclaim in public, and, at a later period, by the will of God, handed down to us in the Scriptures, to be the ground and pillar of our faith. … If any one do not agree to these truths, he despises the companions of the Lord; nay more, he despises Christ Himself the Lord; yea, he despises the Father also, and stands self-condemned, resisting and opposing his own salvation, as is the case with all heretics."

Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyon, 120-202 ad, on the Sole Authority of the Scriptures or Sola Scriptura theology (Ante-Nicene Fathers, Irenaeus, "Against Heresies," Book III, Ch I-V)

ABOUT CHURCH FATHERS: The works of those commonly called or traditionally called "Church Fathers" are published here and ought to be resorted to not as the Father's of the Church, for this term in a Biblical and correct sense is reserved for those Apostles and Prophets by whose writings and revelations the Church from the beginning is established and built up. Jesus himself warned, and Paul warned, and John warned, of a darkness and an era of apostacy that would come upon the Church, even a flood, which would be spewed out of the mouth of the dragon, a mystery of iniquity, which would if possible deceive even the elect, if it were possible. In the greater context of the end times, the Church Fathers, in so many volumes preserved, are the record of that falling away that would come and that would allow the man of sin - the Antichrist - to be revealed (2 Thessalonians 2:3). After the good begining of the Gospel, we watch, in these writings and epistles, as the overseers (episkopous) and bishops themselves begin to stray from the Gospel that was originally preached, and finally turn aside "speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them," (Acts 20:28-30). Let all those who seek the truth of the Gospel, refer to the Gospel, to Christ the source and the Spirit of holiness, but let us not establish Christian doctrine upon the corruptions and traditions of men.
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Bede or Baeda (673-735)

Bede, also known as Baeda, was an Priest of the Monastery of Jarrow on the Tyne who lived from 673-735 ad.

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ONLINE BOOK: The Ecclesiastical History Of The English Nation by Bede The Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation
by the Venerable Bede

Originally published in 731 a.d. as "Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum." 1909 Edition. 2009 Reprint Edition, H&F Books, Series Católica.

TABLE OF CONTENTS: BOOK I: PREFACE: To the most glorious king Ceolwulph, Bede, the servant of Christ and Priest. CHAPTER I: Of the Situation of Britian and Ireland, and of their ancient inhabitants. CHAPTER II: Caius Julius Caesar, the first Roman that came into Britian. CHAPTER III: Claudius, the second of the Romans who came into Britian, brought the islands Orchades into subjection to the Roman Empire; and Vespasian, sent by him, reduced the Isle of Wight under their dominion. CHAPTER IV: Lucius, king of Britian, writing to Pope Eleutherus, desires to be made a Christian. CHAPTER V: How the Emperor Severus divided that part of Britian, which be subdued, from the rest by a Rampart. CHAPTER VI: The reign of Diocletian, and how he persecuted the Christians. CHAPTER VII: The Passion of St. Alban and his ...

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Roberts and Donaldson (translators and editors)

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ONLINE BOOK: The Ante-Nicene Christian Library: Translations of the Writings of the Church Fathers Down to A.D. 325 by Roberts and Donaldson The Ante-Nicene Christian Library: Translations of the Writings of the Church Fathers Down to A.D. 325
by Alexander Roberts & James Donaldson

1867-1872 Roberts and Donaldson Edition published in 24 Volumes; translated and edited by Alexander Roberts, D.D., and James Donaldson, LL.D., etc.

VOLUME I: THE WRITINGS OF THE APOSTOLIC FATHERS: TABLE OF CONTENTS: The First Epistle of Clement, to the Corinthians. The Second Epistle of Clement. The Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians. The Martyrdom of Polycarp. The Epistle of Barnabas. The Epistles of Ignatius (Shorter and Longer). The Epistle to the Ephesians. The Epistle to the Magnesians. The Epistle to the Trallians. The Epistle to the Romans. The Epistle to the Philadelphians. The Epistle to the Smyrneans. The Epistle to Polycarp. The Epistles of Ignatius After the Syriac Version. The Epistle to Polycarp. The Epistle to the Ephesians. The Epistle to the Romans. The Martyrdom of Ignatius. The Epistle to Diognetus. The Pastor of Hermas. Book I. Visions. Book II. Commandments. ...

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