Hey! I was wondering if anyone knew some good volumes (individually or, preferably, in a collection) of the ECFs’ writings. I saw Augustine’s *Confessions *the other day, and selective writings from Thomas Acquinas, but I wasn’t sure. Can someone help me out here? I want to read them for myself. They’d need to be in English, of course (though it’d be great to see the original languages alongside of this!).
Documents from Trent, Vatican I and II would also be appreciated! The evolution and development of ideas and theologies are such great things to examine!
if you want to look at entire documents writings of early church fathers I suggest catholic site- newadvent.org/
the protestant site, this one is very good nobody has done this in cd or internet format. The original books in written format had a scriptural index, this site has the scriptural index built in. ccel.org/fathers.html
if you do a search in google you can obtain vatican II documents and trent documents
The Vatican has a good website, so does EWTN. You can find John Henry Cardinal Newman’s and GK Chesterton’s writings online.
Also, this may sound obvious, but did you check the library? I prefer to read real books–not books online. Public libraries usually have a good number of religious books. If you have a large university library near where you live, you have a gold mine. Most libraries have an online card catalogue, so you can see what they have available right from your home.
Willam Jurgens organizes everything by the fathers of the church down trhough the centuries, so any given doctrine you have to bounce all over the place. The above site organizes everything by doctrine, so each doctrine lists all the church fathers and what each had to say, citing their orginal source documentation. The site is just so much better from a research point of view.
Ok. I agree with you about books being better than websites. I did not know you were strictly interested in books, that’s why I gave you that link. Anyway, you can always use the website to copy information for this forum when discussing apologetics, and use the books for personal reading/research. I like the online sources when responding to posts here. It saves me from typing a lot.